On Wednesday, the US government confirmed that a recent hacking campaign had infected its networks and said it was “large and continuous.”
Informed sources told Reuters this week that hackers believed to be working for Russia had spied on internal emails from the US Treasury and Commerce Department. There were concerns that the infiltration discovered so far was only the tip of an iceberg.
“This is an evolving situation, and as we continue to work to understand the scope of the campaign fully, we know that this breach has affected networks within the federal government,” said a joint statement issued by the FBI, the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
“Over the past few days, the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have become aware of a large and ongoing cybersecurity campaign,” the statement added.
He also said: “The FBI is investigating and gathering information to identify, prosecute and disable those responsible for the threat.”
Zac, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, cut short a European visit on Tuesday and returned to Washington to deal with the attack.