The state Department confirmed attempts of hacking using names of employees

© AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, FileЗдание of the US state Department in Washington. Archival photoThe state Department confirmed attempts of hacking using names of employees© AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File

The US state Department was aware of reports about the attempts of hacker attacks using the names of their employees, reported RIA Novosti the representative of the foreign Ministry.

«Department of state aware of the recent malicious liberalitie related to forgery of a state Department official, as reported by the firm FireEye, specializing in cyber security», — said the representative of the press service of the foreign Ministry.

The state Department said that «no one network of the state Department were not compromised as a result of this malicious cyberdeterrence».

Reuters previously reported that the experts of the companies FireEye Inc. CrowdStrike and specializing in the field of network security, has announced new hacking attack against various American government departments and private companies.

According to the Agency, the hackers sent emails with malicious software on behalf of an employee of the U.S. Department of state Susan Stevenson. When you open attached e-mail file, the attackers had access to the system of the message recipient. Representatives of the companies told the Agency that they consider responsible for the attacks of hackers, «associated with the Russian authorities».

Experts said that among the recipients of these letters was the American military authorities, law enforcement agencies, military contractors, and companies in the media and pharmaceuticals, but did not report the names and number of the affected institutions.

According to FireEye, the attack was made by hackers group known as APT29, which was previously suspected of cyber attacks on various companies in the Western States.

Specialists of the Russian company «Kaspersky Lab» also said that believe that a cyber attack was conducted by the hackers APT29.

Earlier, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin categorically denies any allegations of Moscow’s involvement in any hacking action. He called such allegations «absurd insinuations».

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