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  • Writer's pictureBy The Financial District

Russian Ransomware Gang Breaches U.S. Energy Dep't

The Department of Energy and several other federal agencies were compromised in a Russian cyber-extortion gang’s global hack of a file-transfer program popular with corporations and governments, Frank Bajak reported for the Associated Press (AP).

Photo Insert: The US Department of Energy.

However, the impact was not expected to be great, Homeland Security officials said.

But for others among what could be hundreds of victims from industry to higher education — including patrons of at least two state motor vehicle agencies — the hack was beginning to show some serious impacts.

Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told reporters that unlike the meticulous, stealthy SolarWinds hacking campaign attributed to state-backed Russian intelligence agents that was months in the making, this campaign was short, relatively superficial and caught quickly.

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