The State Department reported Friday it has planned an blackout of the unclassified email framework to make security enhancements and to react to “activity of concern” on the system.
The State Department’s unclassified email framework was infected by an alleged state-backed hacking action, conceivably coming from Russia, as indicated by media coverage from November 2014. The office, the primary diplomacy arm of the U.S. government, did not unveil how long the email network would be closed down, and a representative announced its not discharging extra data past its Friday articulation.
The agency announced its classified networks as well as its primary financial and human resource frameworks weren’t affected. The public discharge read:
“The recent increase in news reports regarding cyberincidents reflects that the department is among a growing list of public institutions and private industries facing an increasing number of sophisticated cyberthreats.”
The org further noted that it has a group of “committed specialists,” including security experts from different agency and privately owned businesses, to shore up security.
The State Department’s email network has been in the news recently in light of the fact that previous Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose to use a private email address during her term there.
Everyone went crazy and noted that she ought to have used a State Department email account, for security reasons. But the recent announcement suggests, again, that the State Department’s network might not be so secure after all. The agency has been targeted by various cyberattacks lately and had to take similar action at the end of last year.
The clean up was undertaken in November after the assault, which had likewise left a few workers not able to access their email. In any case, as indicated by a worker, they were given no prior notice of the blackout, raising questions on whether the blackout was planned. November’s blackout had likewise come as a sudden shock for employees who were left stranded with no access to the web.
CIA Chief John Brennan, during a discussion with the committee on Foreign Relations had said that few foreign governments, terrorists, and hackers were aiming for the U.S. government computer systems regularly. He portrayed these assailants as talented, light-footed and determined and required a clear approach from the US government and private industry to battle them. As per intelligence authorities who spoke at the Congress a month ago, digital assaults are a more noteworthy threat to US national security than terrorism.
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