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Suspected Russian-backed hackers breached US Treasury computers

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Hackers suspected of working for the Russian government are monitoring emails from the US Treasury Department and a US agency responsible for making Internet and telecommunications policy, Reuters reported, citing people familiar with the matter .

“The United States government is aware of these reports and we are taking all necessary steps to identify and resolve any possible problems related to this situation,” said John Ullyot, spokesperson for the National Security Council, in a statement. .

A Commerce Department spokesman confirmed that there had been a breach “in one of our offices,” which Reuters identified as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The attacks were so worrying that the National Security Council met at the White House on Saturday, Reuters reported.

The cyber attacks against the US government were part of a larger campaign involving the recent hacking from cybersecurity firm FireEye, in which sensitive tools were stolen and used to detect vulnerabilities in customers’ computer networks, according to Reuters. The Washington Post reported that the Russian hacking group known as Cozy Bear, or APT 29, was behind the campaign. It’s the same hacking group which was behind the cyber attacks against the Democratic National Committee dating back to 2015. accused by the American and British authorities in July of infiltrations of organizations involved in the development of a Covid-19 vaccine.

“We are working closely with our partner agencies regarding recently discovered activity on government networks,” said a spokesperson for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. “CISA provides technical assistance to affected entities in their efforts to identify and mitigate any potential compromises.”

The Treasury did not have an immediate answer to questions.

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