Hackers working for the Russian government have gained access to at least two US government networks. They have been monitoring emails of Treasury Department and National Telecommunications and Information Administration officials at the Commerce Department for months, four insiders have told Reuters.
The sources said intelligence agencies were concerned that hackers had hacked into other government agencies as well – trying to determine what information had been stolen and how it could be used. “This is a much bigger story than one agency. This is a massive cyber-espionage campaign against the US government and its interests,” the source said in a statement.
An investigation into the hacking is in its early stages and several people familiar with the matter said Russia was likely behind the attack. The breaches are believed to be linked to the hacking of FireEye, a cybersecurity firm with government contracts, and the matter is so serious that the National Security Council held an emergency meeting at the White House on Saturday.
National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot said the US government was “aware of these reports and is taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any potential problems associated with this situation”.