Department of Health and Human Services victim of cyberattack, reports say

17 Mars, 2020, 00:42 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Such cyber incidents are common and rarely bring down government sites

"HHS and federal government cybersecurity professionals are continuously monitoring and taking appropriate actions to secure our federal networks".

As of writing time, the HHS's website responded normally and seemed to be unaffected.

At the time of this writing, it does not appear that any hackers were able to extract data from the systems, and the outlet notes that Trump administration officials believe that the attacker was a "hostile foreign actor" but have neither officially confirmed the belief nor publicly identified a suspect in the cyberattack.

Based on the report, it appears the hack, which involved "overloading the HHS servers with millions of hits over several hours" was a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. "We are coordinating with federal law enforcement and remain vigilant and focused on ensuring the integrity of our IT infrastructure".

It was not immediately clear who was behind the incident.

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Editor's note: "This story has been updated to include a statement from HHS".

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department's (HHS) computer system suffered a cyberattack Sunday night, Bloomberg reported Monday.

One of the sources told Bloomberg that head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command Paul Nakasone is leading the investigation into the source of the attack.

What they're saying: "We are aware of a cyber incident related to the Health and Human Services computer networks and the federal government is investigating this incident thoroughly", White House National Security Council spokesperson John Ullyot told Axios.

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