Cyber Daily: U.S. Agencies Hacked in Foreign Cyber Espionage Campaign

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Good day. Multiple federal government agencies, including the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments, have had some of their computer systems breached as part of a widespread cyber espionage campaign linked to a foreign government, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing officials and people familiar with the matter.

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U.S. Government Targeted

U.S. agencies hacked in foreign cyber espionage campaign. Multiple federal government agencies, including the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments, have had some of their computer systems breached as part of a widespread cyber espionage campaign linked to a foreign government, according to officials and people familiar with the matter.

Russia’s foreign intelligence service is suspected of being behind the hacks of the U.S. government networks—in which some internal communications are believed to have been stolen—and the operation is believed to be related to a cyber breach disclosed last week of U.S.-based cybersecurity firm
FireEye
,
one of the people familiar with the matter said.

The Commerce Department in a statement confirmed that one of its bureaus had been breached and that it was working with federal partners, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to probe the matter, but declined to comment further. The hack of Commerce systems includes the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a unit that works on technology policy issues, the person familiar with the matter said.

The Treasury Department and FBI didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did a spokesman for FireEye.

A spokesman for Russia’s embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The country has previously…

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