U.S. Officials believe the recent hack of federal employee data could be the biggest breach ever of the government's computer networks.
Officials initially said 4 million current and former federal employees may have had their personal information hacked. But the breach is beyond the Office of Personnel Management and Department of Interior, with nearly every federal government agency hit by the hackers, government officials say. An assessment continues, and it is possible millions more government employees may be affected.
American investigators say they believe they can trace the breach to the Chinese government. Ref. USAToday
They're supposed to have an Einstein system in place to deal with intrusions but the program only picked it up AFTER the case - crazy! Someone needs to rewrite the code!
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U.S. Charges 7 Iranians in cyberattacks on banks
Seven Iranians employed by two Iranian-based computer firms that worked for the government were indicted Thursday on computer hacking charges for their roles in disrupting U.S. Banking operations between 2011 and 2013. Ref. USAToday.
Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other US news organizations, according to US officials briefed on the matter.
The intrusions, detected in recent months, are under investigation by the FBI and other US security agencies.
Investigators so far believe that Russian intelligence is likely behind the attacks and that Russian hackers are targeting news organizations as part of a broader series of hacks that also have focused on Democratic Party organizations, the officials said.
The FBI declined to comment and a spokesperson for The New York Times would not confirm the attacks or the investigation. Ref. CNN.
Analysts: Bigger cyber attacks may be coming
Security experts are warning that last week's big cyber attack may be followed by a larger assault on America's companies that could come during the holiday shopping season. “Think of last week's (Attack) as a trial run on a small part of a big machine." Ref. Source 7b.
U.S. Releases declassified report on Russia hack, says Putin 'ordered' campaign to influence election
The declassified report released Friday afternoon by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence concludes that "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgments." Ref. USAToday.
Were the hackers who broke into the DNC's email really Russian? :
There's growing doubt in the computer security industry about CrowdStrike's theories about AGENT-X and Russian hackers Ref. Source 9a.