Several comments sprung to mind when I read the article:
1) the liability of the hacker, what if he was employed by security firm?
2) why goverment as a target? government is not the only institution to have information. Tesco has probably more about us that government.
3) the IT team seems doing its work; how efficient is technology to counterattack technology?
4) the key role IT team plays in safeguarding evidence which for criminal investigation purposes can only be crucial...
Sally Whittle, "Anatomy of an attack", ZDNet (7 January 2008)