Hackers with suspected ties to Russia compromised dozens of email accounts belonging to top officials at the Treasury Department, Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden announced Monday.
Wyden announced in a statement following a Senate Finance Committee briefing on the hack that Treasury “suffered a serious breach, beginning in July, the full depth of which isn’t known.” (RELATED: Biden Reacts To Hackers Infiltrating US Nuclear Agency, Treasury, DHS And Others: ‘A Good Defense Isn’t Enough’)
“Microsoft notified the agency that dozens of email accounts were compromised,” he continued. “Additionally the hackers broke into systems in the Departmental Offices division of Treasury, home to the department’s highest-ranking officials.”
“Treasury still does not know all of the actions taken by hackers, or precisely what information was stolen.”
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To date, numerous federal agencies including Treasury, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Energy were all compromised in the cyberattacks.
Though President Donald Trump has publicly downplayed the severity of the attacks — and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has claimed to be “completely on top of” the issue — Attorney General Bill Barr stated Monday morning that the individuals responsible for the attack likely have ties to the Russian government.
“From the information I have, I agree with Secretary Pompeo’s assessment,” he told reporters earlier in the day. “It certainly appears to be the Russians but I’m not going to discuss it beyond that.”
This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.