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Speaker Pelosi And Boehner Send Letter To CAO On Protecting House Web Sites From Being Hacked

Legislators request 'immediate and comprehensive assessment of how hackers were able to deface the websites of nearly fifty House Members and Committees'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader John Boehner sent the following letter this afternoon to Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Beard requesting "an immediate and comprehensive assessment of how hackers were able to deface the websites of nearly fifty House Members and Committees last night."

The full text of the letter is below.

January 28, 2010

The Honorable Daniel P. Beard Chief Administrative Officer U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Beard:

We request that you initiate an immediate and comprehensive assessment of how hackers were able to deface the websites of nearly fifty House Members and Committees last night.

In the past, we jointly requested that your office review and tighten cybersecurity protections designed to ensure that congressional offices and committees are safeguarded from unauthorized intrusions. We appreciate the efforts you and your cybersecurity team have taken to tighten firewalls, as well as more recent efforts to ensure that official mobile communications devices are secure from hacking and other intrusions.

However, last night's actions indicate that further review of security procedures are needed. From initial reports, these intrusions appear to be related to one website vendor which has had previous security failures. While many Members have expressed satisfaction with the vendor in question, this is the second time in a year websites hosted and supported by this vendor have been compromised. We therefore request that your office work with the Committee on House Administration to review the security standards for House vendors and to assess whether this vendor, and others, have adhered to those standards. We also request that you take immediate action to protect against breaches of the House firewalls and to ensure website security of all House offices.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely, ---------- NANCY PELOSI JOHN BOEHNER ---------------------------------------------- Speaker Republican Leader -----------------------------------------------------------

Cc: The Honorable Robert A. Brady Chairman, Committee on House Administration -------------------------------------------

The Honorable Dan Lungren Ranking Member, Committee on House Administration

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