Latest Federal Hacking Victim: State Department

Senior officials say unclassified email, public websites shut down for fixes
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2014 9:36 AM CST

(Newser) – The good news: The hackers that recently accessed the State Department's computer networks got their hands on unclassified information only. The slightly more worrisome news: The State Department is the fourth federal agency to fall prey to computer security breaches over the past couple of months, joining the White House, the US Postal Service, and NOAA, the New York Times reports. It’s not clear whether any of the attacks are related or who exactly is behind them.

A senior US official who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity says the attacks—which targeted unclassified email and access to the State Department's public websites—took place around the same time as the White House hacks. The State Department will "address the shutdown" after all security issues have been resolved today or tomorrow, the AP reports. (Read more State Department stories.)

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