The US Treasury Department in Washington, D.C, US. File/Reuters
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Hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal email traffic at the US Treasury and Commerce departments as the US government confirmed on Wednesday that a recent hacking campaign affected its networks and said the attack was “significant and ongoing.”
This was according to media reports earlier this week, citing people who said they feared the hacks uncovered so far may be the tip of the iceberg.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said, “This is a developing situation, and while we continue to work to understand the full extent of this campaign, we know this compromise has affected networks within the federal government,” said a joint statement issued by the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Technology company SolarWinds Corp, which was the key stepping-stone used by the hackers, said up to 18,000 of its customers had downloaded a compromised software update that allowed hackers to spy unnoticed on businesses and agencies for almost nine months.
Earlier, Dutch prosecutors Wednesday said a man had cracked US President Donald Trump's Twitter account in October despite denials from Washington and the company, but added that the so-called "ethical Hacker" would not face charges.
The man, named as Victor Gevers in Dutch media, reportedly hacked into Trump's account @realDonaldTrump by guessing his password on October 16, Dutch media reports said.
Both the White House and Twitter have strenuously denied reports that the account had been hacked.
“Over the course of the past several days, the FBI, CISA, and ODNI have become aware of a significant and ongoing cybersecurity campaign,” the joint statement said.
“The FBI is investigating and gathering intelligence in order to attribute, pursue, and disrupt the responsible threat actors,” the statement said.
The FBI, CISA and ODNI have formed a Cyber Unified Coordination Group to coordinate the US government’s response, it said.
White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien cut short a European trip on Tuesday and returned to Washington to deal with the attack.
Telecommunications giant Huawei is “too close” to the Chinese government, making it difficult to trust the company at the heart of an escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing, the US defence chief said on Saturday.
The official added that Hernandez, who left office last month, is currently in Honduras as police special forces could be seen encircling his residence in the capital Tegucigalpa on Monday evening.
In a bone-chilling incident, a couple in the US was left stunned when a hacker broke into their connected home and started talking to them via camera, played vulgar music on the video system in the living room and even turned thermostat to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (over 32 degrees Celsius).
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The official death toll stands at more than 3,300 - but the eventual count is expected to be far higher, with international aid groups giving estimates of up to 10,000 people missing.
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