The State Department has shut down its entire unclassified email system after a suspected hacker attack, the latest in a string of federal agencies to suffer a security breach.
A senior State Department official told Fox News on Sunday that the department recently detected “activity of concern” in its unclassified system, but its classified system was not compromised.
The Associated Press reported the incident occurred around the same time as a previously reported incident that targeted the White House computer network. That incident was made public in late October, but there was no indication then that the State Department had been affected. Since then, a number of agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service and the National Weather Service, have reported attacks.
The official said the department shut down its worldwide email late on Friday as part of a scheduled outage of some of its internet-linked systems to make security improvements to its main unclassified computer network.
The official said the department expects that all of its systems will be operating as normal in the near future, but would not discuss who might be responsible for the breach. Earlier attacks have been blamed on Russian or Chinese hackers, although their origin has never been publicly confirmed.
The State Department is expected to address the shutdown once the security improvements have been completed on Monday or Tuesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Courtesy of FOX NEWS