Hackers regularly prowl the Internet for credit card numbers or an identity to steal. But somewhere out there is a hacker with an unusual level of interest in vehicle recalls.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that on June 26, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, notified the safety agency that its servers had been breached. The hack, first reported last week by The
New York Times, involved 10 servers that house public documents from defect investigations and recalls.
In an e-mail, NHTSA said the incident "was limited in scope, involved systems which host publicly available information, and at no time compromised personally identifiable information or confidential business information." But the servers had to be taken down for repairs.