State Dept shuts down parts of unclassified computer network

14 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Are Russian Hackers Behind Cyberattack? Email System Down At US State Department This Weekend In Effort To Flush Out Malware.

Tom Brakefield/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The State Department shut down large parts of its unclassified email system Friday in a final attempt to rid it of malware believed to have been inserted by Russian hackers in what has become one of the most serious cyber intrusions in the department’s history, U.S. officials told ABC News. “The Department is implementing improvements to the security of its main unclassified network during a short, planned outage of some internet-linked systems,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement to ABC News. State Department’s IT team is going to have a busy weekend as they try to weed out malware that has invaded the unclassified portion of the email system used by American foreign relations officials.

Officials stress that throughout this process, including the attack in October, there was never any compromise to the department’s classified systems. News of this latest outage comes as presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the midst of a political controversy stemming from her exclusive use of a private email address and home-based server during her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat. In a news conference Tuesday where she addressed the email scandal, Clinton said her server was guarded by the Secret Service and “there were no security breaches.”

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