Moonlight Maze

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Moonlight Maze is the name of a FBI inquiry into a cyber attack on United States government networks.[1] U.S. officials accidentally discovered a pattern of probing of computer systems at The Pentagon, NASA, United States Department of Energy, private universities, and research labs that had begun in March 1998 and had been going on for nearly two years. PBS Frontline said that "Sources report that the invaders were systematically marauding through tens of thousands of files – including maps of military installations, troop configurations and military hardware designs." The United States Department of Defense traced the trail back to a mainframe computer in the former Soviet Union but the sponsor of the attacks is unknown and Russia denies any involvement. As of 2003, Moonlight Maze was still being actively investigated by U.S. intelligence.[2]

On September 20, 1999, Newsweek printed a story on Moonlight Maze that was written by Gregory Vistica. It was titled "'We're in the middle of a cyberwar'", based on a quote from then-Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre.[3] However, this was refuted shortly thereafter in an article by Federal Computer Week's Dan Verton.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Drogin, Bob (7 October 1999). "Russians Seem To Be Hacking Into Pentagon". Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  2. ^ PBS. "Cyberwar! The Warnings?". PBS. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Newsweek Exclusive: 'We're in the Middle of a Cyberwar'". PR Newswire. September 12, 1999. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 

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