Our government has been hacked. Again. And once again, it's at the highest level. The office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon was reportedly hacked by Russian cybercriminals.
The hacker or group of hackers is thought to infiltrate the Joint Chiefs of Staff's unclassified email system with a "sophisticated cyber intrusion" according to unclassified sources that spoke to NBC News.
Over 4,000 military and civilian personnel who work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff had their information stolen and within minutes of the attack, the stolen files were disseminated to thousands of online accounts around the world.
Although analysts can't be absolutely sure that the hack came from Russia, a government official told Fox News that the only countries capable of carrying out this specific type of attack are either China or Russia, but they “strongly suspect” the attack came from Russian hackers.
Another big "if" is whether or not the hack came from an independent source or the attack was somehow linked to the Russian government. But a source told ABC News that the attack “bears the hallmarks of a state actor," meaning officials suspect the hack came from the Russian government itself.
This hack is the latest in a string of attacks aimed at big government agencies. We told you about the recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management that effected over 21 million United States citizens and government employees, but we're not the only ones. Canada has also been the target of crippling cyberhacks from the hacking group Anonymous in response to the death of protesters.
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