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Pentagon under attack--from cyberspace

The U.S. military is under constant siege from space--cyberspace, that is.

Pentagon officials have more to worry about these days than land, sea, and air attacks. According to a new government report, the U.S. military is under constant siege from space--cyberspace, that is.

An estimated 250,000 attacks occur on Pentagon computer systems each year and cost the Defense Department tens of millions of dollars, the Associated Press reported today. The congressional General Accounting Office said hackers succeed in getting into the Pentagon's computer programs 65 percent of the time and post a serious threat to national security.

The GAO report, based on data from the Pentagon itself, was submitted to the Senate Governmental Affairs subcommittee on investigations. The report said some 120 governments around the world either already have or are developing computer attack capabilities and recommended that the Pentagon develop more computer file accountability, create training programs in electronic security, and improve reaction to break-ins, according to the AP.