As Joe Biden recently spends a significant amount of time on vacation in Delaware as well as time at the presidential retreat at Camp David, the State Department and Pentagon have been left dealing with the aftermath of Biden’s botch withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
To make matters even worse, the State Department confirms that it has been victim to a cyber-attack and a possible serious security breach.
The Department of Defense Cyber Command told Fox News that it remains unclear if any department operations were affected by the breach.
A source familiar with the mass evacuation of thousands of Americans and Afghans from Kabul said Operation Allies Refuge has “not been affected”.
A department spokesperson told Fox News, “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,” the spokesperson added.
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The exact timing of the breach is still unknown, along with whether there were any efforts made to mitigate such an attack.AdvertisementAdvertisement
The news of the breach comes just weeks after a Senate Homeland Security Committee report rated the department’s overall information security program as a “D” – the lowest possible rating within the federal government’s model.
The report found the department’s security to be “ineffective in four of five function areas” and highlighted the fact that “sensitive national security information” was at risk.
Names, dates of birth, and social security numbers used for passport vetting were among the sensitive information the committee’s report noted.
“Auditors identified weaknesses related to State’s protection of sensitive information and noted the Department ‘did not have an effective data protection and privacy program in place’,” the committee said.
The Senate report earlier this month also noted that the State Department did not perform timely and required security assessments that were also addressed in a 2015 Inspector General report.