State Department E-Mail Hacked

The U.S. Department of State is reporting EUactivity of concernEU in parts of its e-mail system, according to several news reports, citing a senior official. ItEUs too early to tell if itEUs a hacking attempt from a foreign nation -- or at least government officials arenEUt willing to disclose the suspected source.

According to the Associated Press, the State Department has made an unprecedented move -- shutting down its entire unclassified e-mail system while its technicians work to repair possible damage from the attack. The AP reported that the activity was discovered around the same time a hack of the White House computer network was noticed in late October. Since that time a number of agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service and the National Weather Service, have also reported attacks.

"The department recently detected activity of concern in portions of its unclassified e-mail system," the State Department official said in a published statement. "There was no compromise of any of the department's classified systems."

No Stopping Them?

Eric Cowperthwaite, Vice President of Advanced Security & Strategy at computer and network security firm Core Security, told us there are a couple of important things we can learn from this news. First, is that the U.S. government is now a significant target for bad guys and that is going to continue, and probably get worse. he said.

EUThe fact that the bad guys are able to, presumably, breach and compromise the unclassified systems is also important to understand. That leads to the second important thing in this ongoing story about an attack against the government,EU Cowperthwaite said. EUTheir unclassified systems are still protected by security measures, just not to the same degree as the classified ones.EU

Cowperthwaite noted that most U.S. businesses protect their networks and computer systems with technology that is on par with what the U.S....

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