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U.S. State Department reportedly hit by a cyberattack in recent weeks

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U.S. State Department reportedly hit by a cyberattack in recent weeks

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken leaves after speaking about refugee programs for Afghans who aided the United States during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, U.S. August 2, 2021.

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The U.S. State Department was hit by a cyberattack and notifications of a potentially excessive breach were made by the Department of Defense Cyber Command, a Fox News reporter said on Saturday.

A knowledgeable source instructed Reuters the State Department has not experienced significant disruptions and has not had its operations impeded in any way.

Fox News reported that the breach is believed to have passed off weeks ago. It be unclear when it was first came across, according to the reporter’s tweet thread. The extent of the breach and whether or not or not there may be any ongoing danger to operations is also unclear.

The department’s continued work to evacuate Americans and allied refugees in Afghanistan has not been impacted by the cyberattack, the reporter said, citing an anonymous source.

A State Department spokesperson instructed CNBC on Saturday that the department “takes significantly its responsibility to safeguard its information and continuously takes steps to make obvious that information is steady.”

“For safety reasons, we are not in a characteristic to debate the nature or scope of any alleged cybersecurity incidents at this time,” the spokesperson said.

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U.S. State Department reportedly hit by a cyberattack in recent weeks