Several US authorities have been victims of hacking attacks. The attacks led by a foreign government were among other things aimed at the US treasury.
According to media reports, hackers allegedly attacked the Treasury and Commerce Department and other US authorities. National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot said Sunday evening (local time) in Washington: “The US government is aware of these reports and we are taking all necessary steps to identify and address potential issues related to this situation. “The Department of Commerce confirmed to the CNN broadcaster that hackers had taken protective measures in one of its offices.
The Washington Post reported that hackers associated with the Russian intelligence agency SWR were responsible for the attacks on the Treasury and Commerce Department and other US authorities. It is unclear what information has been stolen. The cyber attacks had been going on for months. These are the same hackers who used the I.T security company FireEye, which US authorities often use in cyber attacks. First, Reuters news agency reported the incident on Sunday.
Hackers steal attack software
FireEye announced last Tuesday that the cyber attack also stole attack software that the company uses to test its customers’ defense systems. It is still unclear whether these tools should be used for hacker attacks. In addition, the attackers were particularly interested in information about the company’s government customers.
FireEye believed hackers acting on behalf of the state were behind the attack. This was indicated, among other things, by the technical skills and discipline of the attackers, according to the newspaper. The FBI was called in, according to the Washington Post on Sunday.