A large-scale cyberattack on U.S. federal agencies is very likely to have originated in Russia, according to a joint statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, FBI, and the Agency for Infrastructure and Cyber Security, TASS reported. This is stated in a joint statement of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI, and the U.S. Infrastructure and Cyber Security Agency, TOPNEWS reports.
It is noted that at this stage of the investigation, “it is determined that the attack is likely Russian in origin and is responsible for most or all of the recently discovered, ongoing cyberattacks on both government and non-government networks.” In doing so, “fewer than a dozen government entities” were affected.
Washington believes the attack was aimed at obtaining intelligence of some kind.
Earlier it was reported that the scale of cyber attacks on U.S. government agencies was much larger than expected. Hacks could affect 250 internal networks, which the criminals “inhabited” for nine months. Servers in the United States were used in the attack.
The investigation also found that the “early warning” hack sensors that the cyber command and National Security Agency had placed on the networks did not work. The focus on protecting the U.S. from cyber interference in elections may have diverted attention away from the security problems of government networks, The New York Times wrote. It is specified that the Treasury Department, the State Department, the Department of Energy, and partly the Pentagon were affected.
Moscow denies accusations of hacking attacks on U.S. agencies and considers them unfounded.