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The 1.75 Billion Dollar Firewall That Failed

December 2, 2007

Unisys struck a 1.75 billion dollar deal with Homeland Security for computer security, but the system was breached anyway. Well, just as long as it works, then (not). Can you say refund.

FBI looks into security breaches, pings Unisys

Network security solutions sold to the US government had better do what they say on the tin. That’s the message put forward this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which is probing claims Unisys overlooked a series of taps into Department of Homeland Security systems by Chinese hackers.

The agency believes Unisys failed to prevent Chinese access to an estimated 150 DHS computers for five months last year and says the firm subsequently covered up its lapse once detected.

Unisys has received $1.75 billion in network security deals with the DHS and the Transportation Security Administration since 2002. Unisys disputed claims it botched installation of network security and said it would be found innocent of criminal fraud. http://web20.telecomtv.com

http://www.soundoffcolumn.com/november_07.htm

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