Hackers attacked U.S. Energy Department in January
Washington, United States (4E) – The U.S. Department of Energy, which manages nuclear energy programs, on Monday admitted that it faced a cyber attack last month in which personal data of several hundred employees and contractors had been stolen.
“As individual affected employees are identified, they will be notified and offered assistance on steps they can take to protect themselves from potential identity theft,” it added. “Once the full nature and extent of this incident is known, the Department will implement a full remedy plan… The Department is also leading an aggressive effort to reduce the likelihood of these events occurring again,” it stated.
In a memo, the department confirmed that the investigations showed that no classified data was compromised in the cyber-attack incident.
The agency further disclosed that it has started an investigation with federal law enforcement to find out how cyber incident occurred in mid-January.
The department’s admission came less than a week after high-profile media, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, claimed that they have been the victims of Chinese hackers. However, the Energy Department remained silent on the source of the attack.