Hackers Take Down Labor Dept. Website

Section on health issues down amid probe

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 2, 2013 2:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – Part of the US Department of Labor's website is down amid reports of hacking, reports WUSA9. "A DOL program appeared to be compromised," the department said in a statement. "The website was immediately taken offline and the Department began working with appropriate internal and external authorities to investigate." The affected section, according to workers' advocates, is sem.dol.gov, which provides information on health concerns related to nuclear manufacturing.

"At this time there is no evidence of compromise to or loss of DOL information nor is there any disruption in DOL's services," though the section "will remain offline until DOL completes its initial investigation," the department says.

Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris, right, talks with Margaret Olivares, center, and her daughter after a discussion about raising the minimum wage, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Las Vegas.
Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris, right, talks with Margaret Olivares, center, and her daughter after a discussion about raising the minimum wage, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris leads a discussion with low wage workers about living on the minimum wage, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Las Vegas.
Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris leads a discussion with low wage workers about living on the minimum wage, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
The Labor Department building in Washington.
The Labor Department building in Washington.   (Wikimedia)
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