The hits keep on coming under Joe Biden.
Remember when Joe Biden allegedly asked Vladimir Putin and the Chinese not to conduct cyber attacks against us, but then he didn’t sanction China and he gave Putin a list of the targets that were important to us?
How’d that work out? Well, the cyberattacks have continued. Great job, Joe!
Now, we’re hearing about a serious breach, a new attack that hit the State Department. It’s not clear who is behind it yet.
According to Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich, while they only are talking about it today, it is believed to have happened a couple of weeks ago. Why they are only telling us now is unclear. The extent of the breach or the extent of ongoing risks is not known.
When contacted by the Daily Mail, the State Department didn’t reveal much.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, a State Department spokesperson said: ‘The Department takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard its information and continuously takes steps to ensure information is protected.’
‘For security reasons, we are not in a position to discuss the nature or scope of any alleged cybersecurity incidents at this time.’
We don’t even know how much has been compromised yet because of this, or if it’s still ongoing.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs recently said that the State Department had a problem with information security and gave it a “D” — the lowest possible rating. The Committee said that the security was ineffective in four of five key areas, including the ability to detect threats.
‘As the lead agency for American foreign police, State has a wealth of both PII (personally identifiable information) and sensitive national security information,’ the report reads.
The State Department maintains data that includes names, birthdates, and social security numbers used for visa and passport applications.
The report found 450 critical risk vulnerabilities, and 736 high-risk vulnerabilities in its computer systems.
‘The State Department could not provide documentation for 60 percent of the sample employees who had access to the agency’s classified network and left thousands of accounts active after an employee had left the agency for extended periods of time on both its classified and unclassified networks,’ the report reads.
People still had access to the system for months after they would leave work there — potentially a seriously compromising issue.
Great, just what we need, as the State Department is involved in a massive undertaking in Afghanistan trying to help vet thousands of people. The report is that it should not impede their actions, but we’re still not hearing about the details on it.
But, when you do not respond to attacks like this, you project weakness. That’s where we’re at right now. They all think they can attack us and get away with it.
Chalk up another one for Joe Biden.
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