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Hackers Attack Senate Web Site

June 11, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Computer hackers attacked the U.S. Senate’s main Web site Friday, the second such assault on the high-profile Internet page in just over two weeks.

The hackers defaced the Web page, www.senate.gov, but left its overall look similar to how it normally appears. For example, they left untouched a link to a ``today in history″ feature but substituted news that ``Senator Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y., was assassinated.″

They also altered the site’s security notice to read, ``Security and lame notice.″

The FBI already was investigating a May 27 attack on the Web site.

``The FBI is investigating the first incident. That’s under our purview,″ spokeswoman Debbie Weierman said. ``This current (attack), I can’t give you a reason why it happened. Apparently, it’s very current.″

Sherry Little, a spokeswoman for the Senate Sergeant at Arms office, which operates the Senate site, said after the May 27 attack that technical experts planned to meet with the FBI to put security measures in place.

An obscene message left briefly on the Senate’s Web site May 27 said that attack was carried out because of what it said was the FBI’s harassment of specific hacker groups, including the group that boasted of breaking into the White House site earlier.

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