Breach, Compliance Management, Data Security, Privacy

State Dept. system still down to exorcise attackers

Looks like the “short, planned outage” of the U.S. Department of State's unclassified network will continue a little longer than intially expected as the agency tries to exorcise once and for all what CNN reported are Russian hackers who've roosted there for several months.  

“It will take some time for each of the pieces to be implemented—email is the first step,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki explained during a Monday afternoon briefing, according to the Observer.

Psaki apparently did not reveal details of the measures the State Department is taking to protect its systems, saying only that “it's not to our benefit to go too far into the technical weeds.” 

In November the State Department detected “activity of concern” lurking in its systems since October, around the same time as the White House computer network breach and by February, it was still trying to ouster the hackers.

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