The scope of Russian hacking becomes clear: several US agencies have been affected

“The DOD is aware of the reports and is currently assessing the impact,” said Russell Goemaere, a Pentagon spokesperson.

It was the second time in recent years that Russian intelligence agencies had breached the State Department’s messaging systems. Six years ago, authorities struggled to get Russian hackers out of their unclassified email systems, sometimes cutting off the state’s communications with its own staff in an attempt to purge the system.

Then as now, State Department officials refused to acknowledge that Russia had been responsible. In an interview with Breitbart Radio News, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hijacked the issue with generalities, saying that there had been “a constant effort by the Russians to try to access American servers, not just those of the agencies. government, but companies. We see it even more strongly from the Chinese Communist Party, from the North Koreans as well. “

In fact, the Russians have always been the most efficient, although in this case it was not clear which State Department systems they had extracted data from or how many. A State Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

Investigators also looked into why the Russians targeted the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which helps determine policy on Internet-related issues, including standard setting. and blocking imports and exports of technologies considered a risk to national security. But analysts noted that the agency deals with some of the most advanced commercial technologies, determining what will be sold and denied to opposing countries.

Almost all Fortune 500 companies, including the New York Times, use SolarWinds products to monitor their networks. The same goes for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where nuclear weapons are designed, and major defense contractors like Boeing, which on Monday refused to discuss the attack.

Early assessments of the intrusions – believed to be the work of the Russian SVR, successor to the KGB – suggest that hackers were very selective about which victims they exploited for further access and data theft.

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