Hackers Attack Naval War College Network, Shut it Down

By MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press Writer

Hackers attacked the computer network at the Naval War College in Newport, taking down the school's network for more than two weeks, including some e-mail services and the college's Web site.

The Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command in Norfolk, Va., detected the intrusion around Nov. 16 and took the system offline, spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Doug Gabos said. He said the unclassified network was used by students.

Military spokesmen would not give an estimate on when the school's Web site,

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The Naval War College bills itself as the Navy's leading center of strategic thought and national security policy.

Investigators were trying to determine the extent of the intrusion, Gabos said. They planned to upgrade firewalls and make other unspecified improvements.

"Once that is complete, the network will be restored," Gabos said.

Gabos would not comment on who is suspected of attacking the network.

School spokeswoman Karen Sellers said e-mail worked on campus, but people could not send or receive messages from off-campus.

"It's certainly inconvenient," she said. "But we all understand the importance of network security and we're patiently waiting."

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

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