U.S. Department of the Treasury, Commercial Divisions Hacked by Russian Intelligence: Report


Spies backed by the Russian government broke into the U.S. Treasury and Trade, the washington post office reported on Sunday. The hacking, first reported by Reuters, was serious enough to have been reported to the National Security Council, according to that information.

According to the Post, the group – which cyber security experts call APT29 or Cozy Bear – works with SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence agency. Earlier this week, the paper reported that APT29 was the group behind the hack of FireEye, one of the most important cyber security companies in the United States.

“The U.S. government is aware of these reports and will take all necessary steps to identify and remedy any issues related to the situation,” John Ullyot, a National Security Council spokesman, told Reuters.

The hacked agency within the Department of Commerce was said to be the National Telecommunications and Information Directorate, which advises the president on telecommunications matters. According to Reuters, those informed of this fear that other government agencies could have been hacked as well.

“We can confirm that an infringement has been committed in one of our offices,” a spokesman for the Department of Commerce said in a statement. A Wall Street Journal Dustin Volz. “We have asked CISA and the FBI to investigate, and we are unable to make any further comments at this time.”

Read here: Reuters