US Treasury website hacked, then suspended

May 05, 2010
Stacks of one dollar bills pass through a machine at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC. The government body's website was suspended Tuesday after it was hacked, a BEP spokeswoman said.

A website of the US Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) was suspended Tuesday after it was hacked, a BEP spokeswoman said.

"The hosting company used by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing had an intrusion and as a result of that intrusion, numerous websites (BEP and non-BEP) were affected," Claudia Dickens told AFP.

The Treasury Government Operations Center was made aware of the problem on Monday and subsequently notified BEP, she added.

She said the BEP and four internet addresses (URLs) pointing to it -- BEP.gov, BEP.treas.gov, Moneyfactory.gov and Moneyfactory.com -- have been suspended until further notice.

As of late Tuesday, the websites were still inaccessible.

The hacking incidents were first reported by a blog of an AVG software vendor official, who said the attacking sites were traced to Ukraine.

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