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Lamberth issues new IT shutdown injunction


Latest Document:
Earl E. Devaney Memo

Internet Vulnerability Documents:
OIG Memo 1 | OIG Memo 2
OIG Findings | BLM Report

From the Indianz.Com Archive:
Interior's security weaknesses not unique: NBC vulnerable to attack (January 17, 2002)
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth has issued a preliminary injunction, ordering the Interior Department to disconnect its Indian trust systems from the Internet.

Lamberth issued the order this morning following a 59-day trial on information technology issues. The court heard from a number of witnesses, including two computer security experts who broke into Interior's network, who testified about vulnerabilities to Indian trust data.

The order requires Interior to "disconnect all information technology Systems that house or provide access to individual Indian trust data" from the Internet. It goes further and requires the systems be disconnected from Interior's internal network, or intranet, and from all other IT systems and from contractors, tribes and third parties.

The order exempts systems "necessary for protection against fires or other such threats to life, property, or national security" from being disconnected.

Get the Injunction:
Cobell v. Norton (October 20, 2005)

Relevant Links:
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton - http://www.indiantrust.com
Cobell v. Norton, Department of Justice - http://www.usdoj.gov/civil/cases/cobell/index.htm

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