A new report reported From (Reuters) yesterday that a group of hackers backed by a foreign government carried out a cyber attack on the US Treasury and part of the US Department of Commerce. And the Trump administration has acknowledged that, too.
“The United States government is aware of these reports, and we are taking all necessary steps to identify and address any potential issues related to this situation,” said John Ullyot, a spokesman for the National Security Council.
There are concerns among the US intelligence community that hackers who have targeted the US Treasury and the National Communications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce – known as NTIA, the US agency tasked with crafting Internet and communications policy – may use similar methods to infiltrate other government agencies.
One person familiar with the matter said, “The hack is very dangerous; So much so that it led to a meeting of the National Security Council at the White House on Saturday. ”
The cyber breach that targeted the NTIA administration included the department’s (Microsoft Office 365) platform, and the sources said: “The hackers monitored the emails of employees in the agency for several months.”
One insider pointed out that what happened was more than just a cyberattack on a particular agency, it was a campaign Huge Espionage targeting the US government and its interests, and that another country was behind the attack, but it has not been identified yet.
This is because the full extent of the breach is not yet clear, and the investigation is still in its early stages, and a group of federal agencies are involved, including: the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
A spokesperson for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) stated that the agency’s experts are working in coordination with partners regarding discovered activities targeting government networks, and providing technical assistance to affected entities to identify any potential repercussions and mitigate their impact.
This disclosure comes less than a month after the dismissal of President Donald Trump (Christopher Krebs), one of the most senior officials in cybersecurity in the United States, Because he gave an inaccurate statement about the security of the 2020 presidential election.
Cribs was responsible for cybersecurity For the American electionsHe was also Director of the Cybersecurity Agency and responsible for the infrastructure security of the Department of Homeland Security.