Key Points

  • The US State Department was allegedly the target of a cyberattack, and the Defense Cyber Command department was notified of a possible severe breach, a Fox News correspondent said Saturday.
  • According to a reliable source, the State Department has not seen major interruptions or had its operations harmed in any manner.
  • The writer cited an unnamed source as saying that the department’s ongoing efforts to rescue allied refugees and Americans in Afghanistan had been unaffected by the cyber assault.

The US State Department has been the target of a cyberattack, and Defense Cyber Command has been notified of a potentially catastrophic breach, a Fox News correspondent said on Saturday.

According to a reliable source, the State Department has not seen major interruptions or had its operations harmed in any manner.

Cyberattack Hit US State Department in the Recent Weeks

According to Fox News, the hack happened weeks ago. According to the reporter’s Twitter thread, it is unknown when it was found. Additionally, the breach’s scope or any continuing danger to the operations are unknown.

The writer cited an unnamed source as saying that the hack had had no effect on the department’s ongoing efforts to rescue allied refugees and Americans in Afghanistan.

On Saturday, a State Agency spokeswoman told CNBC that the department “takes its duty to secure its information seriously and takes ongoing measures to ensure that it is safeguarded.”

The spokesman said that they are unable to disclose the nature or extent of any suspected cybersecurity issues at this time due to security concerns.