US Treasury Report Hacked by Foreign Government Group Hacking


Hackers backed by the foreign government said people familiar with the case monitored internal email traffic at the U.S. Treasury Department and an agency that decides on Internet and telecommunications policy.

“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,” said John Ullyot, a spokesman for the National Security Council.

The U.S. intelligence community is concerned that three people reported in the case said hackers targeting the Treasury Department and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce broke into other government agencies by similar means. People didn’t tell me which other agencies.

The crackdown is so severe that it held a meeting of the National Security Council in the White House on Saturday, an acquaintance of the case said.

The hacking includes NTIA’s office software, Microsoft Office 365. According to sources, the emails of the agency’s staff have been monitored by hackers for months.

A Microsoft spokesman did not respond immediately to the request for comments.

The hackers were “extremely sophisticated” and were able to cheat the authentication controls of the Microsoft platform according to the person who knew the case, who spoke anonymously because they were not allowed to speak to the press.

“It’s a nation state,” said another person who provided information on the matter. – We just don’t know which one yet.

The full extent of the hacking is unclear. The investigation is still in its infancy and involves several federal agencies, including the FBI, say three people skilled in the matter.

The FBI, the cyber security division of the Department of Homeland Security, is known as CISA, and the U.S. National Security Agency did not respond immediately to the request for an opinion.