It has been recently revealed that Russia was behind a huge cyber attack on the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The cyber breach that occurred around July 25 affected some 4,000 military and civilian personnel work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It shut down email systems for eleven days, and highly sensitive information were reportedly exposed across the internet.
On a positive note, officials say that only pentagon employees were hacked and not other information was breached. It wasn’t that hard for the hackers to break into the unclassified emails, as the employees were sent emails that seemed legit, but were just malware, or spam, leaving the employees completely vulnerable.
Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson, who is the Defense Department’s spokeswoman, released a statement saying: “Joint Staff unclassified networks for all users are currently down. We continue to identify and mitigate cyber-security risks across our networks. With those goals in mind, we have taken the Joint Staff network down and continue to investigate. Our top priority is to restore services as quickly as possible. As a matter of policy and for operational security reasons, we do not comment on the details of cyber incidents or attacks against our networks.” Hopefully the Joint Chiefs of Staff don’t allow themselves to get hacked into again, and other people’s information don’t get exposed.