Hacker steals US nuclear agency files
Saturday 10 June 2006, 4:59 Makka Time, 1:59 GMT
A computer hacker has got into the US agency that guards the country's nuclear weapons stockpile and stolen the personal records of at least 1,500 employees and contractors.
A senior US legislator revealed the incident on Friday, which targeted the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA).
It is the latest agency to reveal that sensitive private information about government workers was stolen.
The incident happened last September but energy department officials were not told about it until this week, prompting the chairman of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee to demand the resignation of the head of the NNSA.
An NNSA spokesman was not available for comment.
The NNSA is a semi-autonomous arm of the energy department. It guards some of the US military's nuclear secrets and responds to global nuclear and radiological emergencies.
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