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Hackers accused of working for Russia were tracking the internal e-mail traffic of government agencies such as the US Treasury Department and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) under the Ministry of Commerce on December 14, according to a number of people familiar with the matter. Formulate policies for the Internet and telecommunications.
The US intelligence community is worried that these hackers have also used similar techniques to penetrate other government institutions and are tied to the recently revealed hacking incident against FireEye, a major US network security firm, people familiar with the matter said.
Spokesman John Ullyot (John Ullyot) of the U.S. National Security Council said The U.S. government is aware of these attacks and we are taking all necessary measures to find and fix any possible problems related to these attacks.”
People familiar with the matter said the hacking attack was very critical and an emergency meeting had already been called on Saturday by the National Security Council.
In a tweet, the Ministry of Commerce reported that one of its affiliates is in violation of network security. The statement said We have asked the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI to investigate, and we cannot comment further at this time.”
This leak presented a significant threat to the presidency of Joe Biden, the new president-elect, as authorities investigate what information has been hacked and attempt to decide what the data will be used for. But large-scale online surveys can take months or years to complete in several instances.
“The scale of this attack is much larger than that of a single agency. This is a large-scale cyber espionage campaign targeting the US government and related agencies.”
Hackers hacked into Microsoft Office 365, the office app for NTIA. Sources said the workers emails from the department were tracked for several months by hackers. Spokespersons for Microsoft and the Ministry of Finance did not respond immediately to requests for comment by reporters.
This hackers are very sophisticated” according to individuals acquainted with the matter and may deceive the Microsoft platform’s identity authentication system. It is not yet clear the full extent of the invasion, but the probe is still at an early stage, including a variety of federal departments, including the FBI.
A US Cyber Protection and Infrastructure Surveillance Service (CISA) spokeswoman explained that the agency has already “worked closely with our agency partners to deal with recently discovered espionage activities on government networks.” CISA offers resources to affected organizations Technological assistance to detect and minimize any possible hazards.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Administration (NSA) did not respond to calls for comment from reporters immediately. There are signs that NTIA’s e-mail leaks can be dated back to this summer, according to a top US official, but they have only recently been discovered.