State Department shuts down email in possible hacking
WASHINGTON — The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack.
A senior department official said Sunday that “activity of concern” was detected in the system about the same time as an incident that targeted the White House computer network.
That incident was made public in late October, but there was no indication that the State Department had been affected. Since then, a number of agencies, including the Postal Service and the National Weather Service, have reported attacks.
The official said none of the State Department’s classified systems were affected. However, the official said the department shut down its worldwide email late Friday as part of a scheduled outage of Internet-linked systems to make security improvements.
The State Department is expected to address the shutdown once the security improvements have been completed Monday or Tuesday.