Lawmakers ask for deeper look into FDA security hack

Josh Lowensohn reports:

Washington lawmakers today asked for a more thorough review of a security attack against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this year, which resulted in compromised data. That attack took place on October 15th, 2013, which was the last day of the US government shutdown, and resulted in a breach of names, phone numbers, passwords and other sensitive information on some 14,000 accounts — 5,000 of which were active. Now five Republican members from the US Energy and Commerce committee want to know more about just how it went down, and have sent a letter to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg asking for a third-party audit of the agency’s security response.

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