Hackers broke into the US Library of Congress government affairs Website on Monday and altered it with their own text, federal officials confirmed yesterday.
The hackers changed the site to read, "US Congress Web site -- defeated!" Helen Dalrymple, a public affairs specialist for the Library of Congress, said yesterday.
The group identified itself on the site as the "Lamers Team", and said they were "four hackers from a little country in Europe", Dalrymple said. She declined to comment further.
The site, called "Thomas", offers information on Congressional activities, including the status of Legislation, the Congressional Record and committee news.
In a brief statement released yesterday, the Library of Congress estimated the Thomas home page was defaced for about 90 minutes, starting at 6:00pm on Monday local time. Staffers discovered the problem at about 7:00pm and blocked Internet access to the Thomas system at about 7:20pm.
The site's network and computer security system is under review and the incident is being investigated, the statement said.
The attack was the latest of several against US Government Websites. Vandals have altered Websites of the White House, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Senate and the Army.