Hackers in China managed to break into several computers belonging to Congress and its state representatives. A few Congressmen have chosen to publicly discuss the issue, though details are fuzzy.
The victims include Frank Wolf of Virginia, who says four of his computers were hacked, and Chris Smith of New Jersey, who says two of his machines were hit as well, reports the Register. According to what the representatives currently know, Wolf was first attacked in August 2006, and Smith’s machines were breached in December 2006 and March 2007. The computers of several other congressmen (and likely senators) have also suffered the same fate.
The attackers worked from China, and, oddly enough, it turns out Wolfe and Smith often criticize China’s history and policies regarding human rights. After a lot of important information was stolen — including the addresses of several Chinese dissidents — a car belonging to Chinese officials visited one those locations, taking plenty of pictures during the visit.
That’s sounds really, really scary, and we don’t know (does the government even know?) if the Chinese government was involved. Either way, Wolf’s making sure it doesn’t happen again, and he’s making several suggestions to both sides of the House in order to avoid another similar incident.