US government confirms cyberattack

US government confirms cyberattack

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Washington: The US. government confirmed on Sunday that its computer network was under cyber attack. The Washington Post reported that at least two departments were attacked by Russian national hackers.

“We have been working closely with our agency partners regarding recently discovered activity on government networks,” a spokesperson for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency told AFP.

“CISA is providing technical assistance to affected entities as they work to identify and mitigate any potential compromises.”

The Post said the hacks were linked to an attack last week on cybersecurity firm FireEye, which said its own defenses were breached by sophisticated attackers who stole tools used to test customers’ computer systems.

FireEye said it suspects that the attack was sponsored by the state.

U.S. media reports also said that the FBI is investigating an organization that works for the Russian foreign intelligence agency SVR, and that the violation has occurred for several months.

“The United States government is aware of these reports and we are taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to this situation,” National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot said.

Russia’s embassy in the US hit back later Sunday against what it said were the “unfounded” media claims, denying any role in the alleged attacks.

“Malicious activities in the information space contradicts the principles of the Russian foreign policy, national interests and our understanding of interstate relations,” the embassy said in a statement on its official Facebook page.

“Russia does not conduct offensive operations in the cyber domain.” 

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