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Intel chief: Computer attacker still a mystery

The US still has not figured out who was behind the July 4 cyberattacks that took down a series of government Web sites, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair said Wednesday.

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In this July 9 file photo, employees of the Korea Internet Security Center work to protect hacker attacks in Seoul.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. still has not figured out who was behind the July 4 cyberattacks that took down a series of government Web sites, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair said Wednesday.

After an address to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Blair also told the crowd he is trying to patch up the relationship between Congress and the intelligence agencies, which was badly strained by a secretive Bush administration and flared up again with revelations this month that the CIA had hidden from the intelligence committees word of a program to develop secret hit teams.

The teams were never operational, according to the CIA. Agency Director Leon Panetta told the House and Senate Intelligence Committees about it June 24, a day after he both learned of the effort and canceled it.

The House Intelligence Committee has launched a full investigation of the program and the CIA's history of congressional notification.

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