The U.S. Department of Energy has now confirmed that its computer systems were attacked by hackers last month, according to the New York Times. The agency dispatched an internal mailer on Friday informing its employees of the incident.
According to the mailer, hackers broke into the agency's Washington headquarter computers and stole the personal information of hundreds of employees and contractors. However, based on the investigation, it has been confirmed that no classified information was compromised during the attack. Also, authorities aren't sure about which divisions were hacked and who was behind the attack.
"The Department of Energy (DOE) has just confirmed a recent cyber incident that occurred in mid-January which targeted the Headquarters' network and resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of employee and contractor Personally Identifiable Information (PII)." the e-mail said.
The incident is something that the government should be extremely concerned about, since the DOE handles some of the country's most important projects, including everyday power generation, nuclear reactor production and more. It also holds some of the most sensitive data in the country.
This incident comes right after the attacks on Twitter, the Wall Street Journal and even the New York Times. According to WSJ, Chinese attackers with possible government connections were blamed for the attacks. In response, China has denied any involvement in these attacks and incidents.
by RTT Staff Writer
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