The U.S. is facing a “serious, ongoing cyberattack” affecting the government. Details were disclosed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Infrastructure and Cybersecurity Agency.
The statement stressed that these agencies have become aware of a massive and ongoing cyberattack over the past few days.
“This is an evolving situation, and while we continue to work to fully understand the scope of this campaign, we know that this cyberattack has affected [computer] networks within the federal government,” the document notes.
The FBI is investigating the situation and is now working with “known and suspected victims.” It is specified that the information obtained will provide confirmation to the network structures, and to partners in the government – intelligence that “will allow to take further action. In this case, the alleged source of the cyber attack is not named.
Earlier, U.S. Senator Richard “Dick” Durbin (Democrat from Illinois) called the cyber attacks on U.S. government institutions attributed to Russian hackers a “de facto declaration of war”.
Reuters reported on December 14 that Russian hackers allegedly attacked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and gained access to internal communications at the agency. The attack was part of a campaign that also hacked the systems of the U.S. Treasury Department and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Moscow denies accusations of hacking attacks on U.S. agencies and calls the attempts to accuse it unfounded.