Hackers have been attacking government services recently. What looks to be an organized hacker team has been targeting non-essential government services like the National Weather Service and the U.S. Postal Service.
If you don't remember from last week's reporting, the finger of blame was pointed toward China, who fervently denied the claim.
Now, the State Department reports that some of its email servers were hacked. This is obviously a concern as The State Department keeps some of our country's most sensitive secrets. However, the agency reports that only unclassified servers were attacked.
While the Weather Service's response was to attempt to cover up the hack, the State Department decided to shut down all non-confidential level emails entirely. The State Department claims that it will have its emails back up after updating its security protocols.
Out of all of the major hacks that have occurred recently, the State Department's quick reaction time seems to be the most effective. If hackers are still peeping in on government email servers, then they won't be able to snoop in on any communications until security is fixed.
Reports of these hacks started coming in at around the same time that I reported that the White House had been breached. While the State Department hasn't been clear about when its systems were breached, I'd expect that this happened at around the same time.
Don't fret, though, because hackers have only managed to gain access to non-confidential files in every attempt. The U.S. government's most secure files haven't yet been breached by hackers, but scarier hacks could be coming soon.
If this hacker team is anything like the Russian nine-to-fivers that built one of the most effective snoopwares available, then they're going to be methodical.
The only way for the government to keep its most sensitive files safe will be to hire its own squad of hackers to reveal security flaws.