The United States has been having trouble keeping the Russian government out of its computer systems lately.
A recent report from CNN revealed that U.S. officials believe Russia was behind a series of hacks into the State Department last year. Officials have called the attack the “worst ever” cyberattack against a federal agency.
During these attacks, the hackers were reportedly able to penetrate into sensitive parts of the White House computer system, gaining access to President Obama’s personal schedule and call information.
Officials have said that the hackers were only able to access unclassified information. However, they were quick to point out that information like the President’s schedule, while not classified, is extremely sensitive intel that is prized by intelligence agencies in other countries.
According to CNN, Russian hackers have, “bedeviled State Department’s email system for much of the past year.” One official went so far as to say that the hackers have “owned” the State Department system for months, adding that it is still unclear whether the State Department has been able to fully eradicate the hackers from its systems.
According to investigators, the attack started with a “phishing” email sent from a State Department account that the hackers were able to hijack.
The hackers tried to hide their trail by routing the attack through countries all over the world, but investigators say they found a number of clues and markers that they believe point to the Russian government as the source.
In a statement released by the White House, National Security Council spokesman Mark Stroh would not confirm that Russia was indeed behind the attack, though he did say that, “any such activity is something we take very seriously.”
“In this case, as we made clear at the time, we took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity. As has been our position, we are not going to comment on [this] article’s attribution to specific actors,”
Stroh said in the statement.
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