Norton told of security problems
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The Denver Post today follows up on a development disclosed by Indianz.Com yesterday regarding a Congressional report that warned Secretary of Interior Gale Norton and top aides of the department's security problems.

The General Accounting Office (GAO) report of July 3 told Norton of the problems at the Interior's National Business Center in Denver, Colorado. Many of the security vulnerabilities discovered were identical to ones that plague the Indian trust system.

At the same time of the report's publication, but well after the Interior was given a draft and allowed to comment on it, a court investigator for the Individual Indian Money (IIM) class action, was exploiting the same weaknesses. Special master Alan Balaran informed the Bureau of Indian Affairs in August of the problems, which were discounted.

Balaran instructed hackers he hired to break in again in late August, which they did. One of their prized actions was creating a trust account for Balaran.

Get the Story:
Alert preceded Indian trust hacker breach (The Denver Post 1/18)

Today on Indianz.Com:
Norton scraps trust reform blueprint (1/18)

Get IT Reports:
GAO Report | Special Master Status Report (1/15) | Special Master Report and Recommendations Regarding the Security of Trust Data (12/4)

Relevant Links:
Indian Trust, Department of Interior -
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton -
Trust Reform, NCAI -

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