It has just been announced that the US State Department was hacked and forced to shut down its unclassified email system. The State Department is currently beefing up the security measures and trying to figure out who the cyber attackers might be.
The department officials revealed in Friday, November 14 that they shut down the unclassified email system due to suspicious activity in their servers. The officials said that there were no signs of intrusion in the classified system.
A senior US State Department official said in a statement that:
“The department recently detected activity of concern in portions of its unclassified email system. There was no compromise of any of the department’s classified systems.”
Another official, said under anonymity, that the US State Department email system was hacked into at the same tie the White House was cyber attacked back in October. The State officials said that the maintenance has disrupted the access to certain of the public website and some of the State employees’ unclassified email addresses. The systems are said to be fully functional any time soon.
Recently, there have been several cyber attacks compromising the system of several US Government agencies and businesses. Some blame the attacks on Russian and Chinese hackers, but the real criminals behind the attacks remain unknown.
At the moment no one really knows who attacking the official agencies and what they are trying to find out exactly, what classified information the attackers are trying to get hold of. The US Stated Department has increased the security measures in order to better protect the unclassified networks. The State Department will strengthen the safety of “of its main unclassified network during a scheduled outage of some Internet-linked systems,” officials said.
Many believe that the real cyber criminals behind the White House, the Atmospheric Administration and the National Oceanic attacks are the Russian or Chinese hackers, but there are no real suspects at the moment.
Dimitry Peskov, a presidential spokesman denies the recent accusations against Russia saying that:
“We’ve been hearing a series of groundless allegations against Russia recently. So we can’t take them seriously any longer unless there’s proof.”