U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke at a briefing at the U.S. State Department in Washington on Aug. 2, 2021, about the Afghan refugee program that has helped the U.S..
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The U.S. State Department was hit by a cyber attack and a notification was sent by the Department of Defense’s cyber command about a potentially serious breach, a Acesparks reporter said Saturday.
A knowledgeable source said there were no serious interruptions in the State Department and no obstacles to its activities.
Acesparks reports that the breach occurred a few weeks ago. The reporter’s tweet said it was unknown when he was identified. It is unknown whether the level of irregularities and whether there is a constant risk to operations.
The department’s efforts to evacuate Americans and allied refugees in Afghanistan were not affected by the cyberattack, the reporter said, citing an anonymous source.
A State Department spokesman said Saturday that “the department takes its responsibility to protect its data seriously and will take ongoing steps to ensure that data is protected.”
“From a security perspective, we cannot discuss the nature and scale of the cybersecurity incidents that are currently being considered,” the spokesman said.