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Something is amiss in the network of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and a U.S. congressman is implicating Unisys in security failures stemming from alleged intrusions into the department's servers.
Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, urged DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner in a Sept. 21 letter to investigate hundreds of instances in which Thompson claims hackers compromised the department's systems. If true, the allegations bode poorly for Unisys, the department's security contractor since 2003.
Furthermore, Thompson claims that Unisys itself may be responsible at least in part for the security failures.
Thompson said DHS experienced 844 cyber security incidents during 2005 and 2006, adding that hackers compromised dozens of DHS computers and "exfiltrated" information from to a Web hosting service that connects to Chinese Web sites.
Thompson also alleged that contractors provided inaccurate and misleading information to DHS about the attacks in question, attempting instead to hide gaps in their capabilities.