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Hackers Break into Website

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Hackers broke into the website over the weekend and were able to access files placed on the server, the Senate Sergeant at Arms confirmed Tuesday, but the breach did not compromise the security of the network.

"The intruder did not gain access into the Senate computer network and was only able to read and determine the directory structure of the files placed on," the office of the Sergeant at Arms, which monitors cyber security, said in a statement. "That server is for public access on the public side of the Senate's network firewall, and any files that individual Senate offices place there are intended for public consumption."

The vulnerability in the system was traced back to an individual senator's office, though the Sergeant at Arms did not name the senator. It will also conduct a review into the breach.

"Although this intrusion is inconvenient, it does not compromise the security of the Senate's network, its members or staff," the statement added. "Specifically, there is no individual user account information on the server supporting that could have been compromised."

"Lulz Security," which claims to have hacked into, posted the directory names on its web site and on the surface it did not seem to contain any proprietary information.

"We don't like the US government very much. Their boats are weak, their lulz are low, and their sites aren't very secure," the group wrote on its Web site. "In an attempt to help them fix their issues, we've decided to donate additional lulz in the form of owning them some more! This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from - is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?"

This isn't the group's first foray into hacking a government website. In March, Lulz Security also claims to have breached the Web site of the Atlanta chapter of InfraGard, a grassroots group that works with the FBI to counter cyber crime threats. Hackers stole nearly 180 passwords and posted them on the Internet. Lulz Security at the time said the breach was in response to the Pentagon considering whether some cyber attacks should be designated as acts of war. "Lulz" is a hacker/gamer term roughly meaning "just for laughs."

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