Hackers attacked the systems of the United States National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Department of Energy in a massive cyberattack affecting government agencies.
This was reported by Politico, citing sources.
It is specified that the suspicious activity was observed in the networks belonging to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories in New Mexico and Washington, the Office of Safe Transportation at NNSA and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Richland office.
Investigators are figuring out what information the hackers were able to steal. The full extent of the damage may not be known “for several weeks.”
“So far, the investigation has shown that the malware was isolated to business networks and did not affect important national security functions, including the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration,” said U.S. Department of Energy spokeswoman Shaylin Hines.
Earlier it was reported that Russian hackers were behind the massive cyberattack. Microsoft also said that at least 40 of its customers were also affected in the spying operation. 80% of the targets were in the U.S., while the rest were in Israel, the UAE, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Spain and the UK.