The U.S. Government Is Under (Cyber) Attack

The State Department on Monday joined the White House and two other federal agencies in confirming that it had been the victim of a recent and successful cyberattack. Spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters at Foggy Bottom that officials “detected activity of concern” several weeks ago targeting its unclassified email system and that it used a “scheduled outage” to address the problem this past weekend.

“Activity of concern” has become the preferred governmental euphemism for hacking, and Rathke said authorities believed the intrusion into the State Department system was linked to a breach at the White House late last month, which was suspected to have originated in Russia.

“No classified systems have been affected by this incident,” Rathke said….

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