BREAKING: US State Department ‘hit by a cyber-attack’ | NN NEWS

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The US State Department has been hit by a cyber-attack, and notifications of a possible serious breach were made by the Department of Defense Cyber Command. 

It is unclear when the breach was discovered, but it is believed to have happened a couple weeks ago. A source familiar tells Fox the State Department’s ongoing mission to evacuate Americans and allied refugees in Afghanistan “have not been affected”. 

The extent of the breach, investigation into the suspected entity behind it, efforts taken to mitigate it, and any ongoing risk to operations remains unclear. A DoS spox tells Jacqui Heinrich, a fox news White House Correspondent. 

“The Department takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard its information and continuously takes steps to ensure information is protected. For security reasons, we are not in a position to discuss the nature or scope of any alleged cybersecurity incidents at this time.” 

Notably, a Senate Homeland Security committee report this month rated State Department’s overall information security a ‘D’, the lowest possible rating in the model, calling it ineffective in 4 of 5 function areas. 

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