Sen. Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, said Monday that the cyberattack on the Treasury Department, reported by the media last week, “turned out to be serious.”
Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the statement after the Treasury Department and the Treasury Department informed committee staff about the hacking of the SolarWinds IT company. There is no indication that the structures were compromised or that taxpayer data was stolen. But Wyden noted, “The Treasury Department hack appears to be significant.”
“According to Treasury Department officials, there has been a serious breach in the agency since July, the depth of which is unknown. Microsoft notified the agency that dozens of email accounts had been hacked. In addition, hackers hacked into systems in the Treasury Department’s division of departments where high-ranking Treasury officials work. The Treasury Department still does not know all of the actions taken by the hackers or exactly what information was stolen,” Wyden said.
The Oregon Democrat’s statement follows news that several federal agencies were hacked this year in a cyberattack on SolarWinds. According to The Washington Post, the cyberattack was carried out by the Russian military intelligence group Cozy Bear.