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U.S. Government Travel Reservation Site Hacked

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A United States (U.S.) Government travel reservations website (GovTrip.com) used by several federal agencies was hacked recently such that it shunted unsuspecting users to a malicious domain. GovTrip.com is still offline after the attack.

GovTrip is used by several U.S. government agencies, including the Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) and the departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, the Interior, Transportation, and the Treasury, to make travel reservations, as well as to reimburse workers for travel expenses. The site is operated by defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. from an office in Northern Virginia.

This is not the first time a site or server related to the government has been breached. In the recent past, for instance, the Federal Aviation Administration acknowledged that hackers had broken into its network and may have stolen medical records of some 45,000 current and former employees.

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