The US is facing a “serious, ongoing cyber attack” affecting the government. Details were disclosed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Infrastructure and Cybersecurity Agency, TASS read the text of the statement.
The statement emphasizes that over the past few days, these departments became aware of a large-scale and ongoing cyber attack.
“This is an evolving situation, and while we continue to work to fully understand the scope of this campaign, we know that this cyberattack has affected [computer] networks within the federal government,” the document says.
The FBI is investigating the situation, and now the bureau is working with “known and suspected victims.” It is clarified that the information received will provide the network structures with confirmation, and the partners in the government – intelligence that “will allow to take further actions.” At the same time, the alleged source of the cyber attack was not named.
Earlier, US Senator Richard “Dick” Durbin (Democrat from Illinois) called cyberattacks on US government agencies attributed to Russian hackers “a de facto declaration of war.”
As Reuters reported on December 14, Russian hackers allegedly carried out an attack on the US Department of Homeland Security and gained access to internal communications in the department. The attack was part of a campaign that also hacked into the systems of the US Treasury Department and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Moscow denies accusations of hacker attacks on American departments and calls attempts to accuse it unfounded.