US Treasury Breached By ‘Sophisticated Hacking Group’ Backed By Foreign Government: Report

The US Treasury was allegedly hacked by a “sophisticated hacking group backed by a foreign government” which “stole information from the US Treasury Department and a US agency responsible for deciding policy around the internet and telecommunications,” according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter.

The report comes one week after US cybersecurity firm FireEye reported that they had been attacked by a “nation with top-tier offensive capabilities” which allegedly stole internal hacking tools.

The company said hackers used “novel techniques” to make off with its own tool kit, which could be useful in mounting new attacks around the world.

It was a stunning theft, akin to bank robbers who, having cleaned out local vaults, then turned around and stole the F.B.I.’s investigative tools. In fact, FireEye said on Tuesday, moments after the stock market closed, that it had called in the F.B.I. –NYT


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