U.S. State Department apparently struck by a cyberattack in current weeks

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken leaves after discussing refugee programs for Afghans who helped the United States throughout an instruction at the State Department in Washington, DC, U.S. August 2, 2021.

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The U.S. State Department was struck by a cyberattack and notices of a possibly severe breach were made by the Department of Defense Cyber Command, a Fox News press reporter stated on Saturday.

A well-informed source informed Reuters the State Department has not knowledgeable substantial interruptions and has not had its operations hindered in any method.

Fox News reported that the breach is thought to have actually happened weeks earlier. It’s uncertain when it was very first found, according to the press reporter’s tweet thread. The degree of the breach and whether there is any continuous danger to operations is likewise uncertain.

The department’s ongoing work to leave Americans and allied refugees in Afghanistan has actually not been affected by the cyberattack, the press reporter stated, pointing out a confidential source.

A State Department representative informed CNBC on Saturday that the department “takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard its information and continuously takes steps to ensure information is protected.”

“For security reasons, we are not in a position to discuss the nature or scope of any alleged cybersecurity incidents at this time,” the representative stated.


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