Computer crimes (11 - 20 of 21 items)
Information Security: Responses to Posthearing Questions
AIMD-00-46R: Published: Nov 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO responded to questions concerning its October 1999 testimony on the information security weaknesses at 22 federal agencies, focusing on: (1) whether GAO has taken the necessary steps since its previous testimony to ensure that identified security lapses at three agencies were quickly and permanently closed; (2) how agencies are addressing and responding to...
Information Security: Weaknesses at 22 Agencies
AIMD-00-32R: Published: Nov 10, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed computer security weaknesses within 22 federal agencies' operations.GAO noted that: (1) the Department of Agriculture's National Finance Center had serious access control weaknesses that affected its ability to prevent or detect unauthorized changes to payroll and other payment data or computer software; (2) the Department of Commerce Inspector Gen...
Critical Infrastructure Protection: Fundamental Improvements Needed to Assure Security of Federal Operations
T-AIMD-00-7: Published: Oct 6, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the computer security aspects of critical infrastructure protection, focusing on federal agency performance in addressing computer security issues.GAO noted that: (1) reports issued by GAO and various Inspectors General over the last 5 years describe persistent computer security weaknesses that place federal operations at risk of disruption, fraud...
Information Security: The Proposed Computer Security Enhancement Act of 1999
T-AIMD-99-302: Published: Sep 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the proposed Computer Security Enhancement Act of 1999 (H.R. 2413), focusing on: (1) the urgent need to strengthen computer security across the federal government; (2) the current and future privacy concerns with any computer security legislation; (3) GAO's views on the proposed act; and (4) what can be done to further strengthen security program...
DOD Information Security: Serious Weaknesses Continue to Place Defense Operations at Risk
AIMD-99-107: Published: Aug 26, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 1999.
GAO updated its previous report on the security of the Department of Defense's (DOD) information systems, focusing on DOD's efforts to: (1) address specific weaknesses identified in GAO's 1996 reports; and (2) develop a comprehensive departmentwide information security program.GAO noted that: (1) serious weaknesses in DOD information security continue to provide both hackers and hundreds of thousa...
Information Security: Recent Attacks on Federal Web Sites Underscore Need for Stronger Information Security Management
T-AIMD-99-223: Published: Jun 24, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the recent break-ins of federal web sites.GAO noted that: (1) the recent series of attacks on federal web sites have primarily focused on defacing, or vandalizing web site content or initiating denial of service attacks in order to crash servers; (2) fortunately, the consequences of recent attacks on federal web sites have been largely confined to...
Information Security: Subcommittee Questions Concerning the Melissa Computer Virus
AIMD-99-220R: Published: Jun 18, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO responded to congressional questions concerning its April 1999 Testimony on the Melissa computer virus and its broader implications, focusing on: (1) how much damage was done by the virus and how many federal agencies were affected; (2) whether there are any safeguards that can detect a computer virus before it has been identified as a virus; and (3) whethe...
Information Security: The Melissa Computer Virus Demonstrates Urgent Need for Stronger Protection Over Systems and Sensitive Data
T-AIMD-99-146: Published: Apr 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed: (1) the immediate effects of the Melissa virus and variations of it as well as its broader implications for the federal government; and (2) critical measures that should be taken to ensure that federal departments and agencies are better prepared for future viruses and other forms of attack.GAO noted that: (1) Melissa is a macro virus that can af...
Information Security: Serious Weaknesses Place Critical Federal Operations and Assets at Risk
AIMD-98-92: Published: Sep 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the effectiveness of federal information security practices based on recently issued audit reports; (2) efforts to centrally oversee and manage federal information security; and (3) actions taken by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the federal Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council to address federal information security problem...
Information Security: Computer Attacks at Department of Defense Pose Increasing Risks
T-AIMD-96-92: Published: May 22, 1996. Publicly Released: May 22, 1996.
GAO discussed information security procedures at the Department of Defense (DOD). GAO noted that: (1) as many as 250,000 DOD computer systems were attacked in 1995; (2) hackers successfully penetrate DOD computer systems 65 percent of the time; (3) hackers attack DOD computer systems to steal and destroy sensitive data and install reentry devices; (4) these attacks cost the government over half a...