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State Department shuts down unclassified email to cope with hack

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
November 17, 2014
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The US government is no stranger to dealing with cyberattacks, but it just took a rare and relatively extreme step to keep itself safe. The State Department shut down its entire unclassified email system this weekend to bolster its defenses after spotting "activity of concern" (read: potential data breaches) that happened at the same time as an earlier hack that targeted the White House. Officials aren't naming culprits at this stage -- they've pinned some previous attacks on China and Russia, but it's not clear that there was digital warfare involved this time around. More details are expected to come once the security upgrades are in place, so you may get a better sense of what happened in the near future.

[Image credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite]

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