US Secretary of State Antony Blinken departs after speaking about refugee programs for Afghans the United States has aided during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, US on August 2, 2021.
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The US State Department was hit by a cyber attack, and reports of a potentially serious breach were made by the Department of Defense Cyber Command, a Fox News reporter said Saturday.
An expert source told Reuters that the State Department has not experienced any significant disruptions or hindered its operations in any way.
Fox News reported that the breach allegedly took place weeks ago. It’s unclear when it was first discovered, according to the reporter’s tweet thread. The extent of the breach and whether or not there is an ongoing risk to the operations is also unclear.
The department’s ongoing work to evacuate Americans and allied refugees in Afghanistan has not been affected by the cyberattack, the reporter said, citing an anonymous source.
A State Department spokesman told The Washington City Times on Saturday that the ministry “takes seriously its responsibility to protect its information and is continuously taking steps to ensure that information is protected.”
“For security reasons, we are not in a position at this time to discuss the nature or extent of alleged cybersecurity incidents,” the spokesperson said.