Day: April 12, 2021

Letter: Top federal watchdog probing State Department following hacks

Specifically, the GAO is examining whether the security of the State Department’s information technology systems meet federal requirements and how State manages and responds to cybersecurity threats.

Vijay D’Souza, the GAO’s director for Information Technology and Cybersecurity, confirmed to POLITICO that the GAO “has a review underway of State Department cybersecurity practices under the request of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.” He added that last week’s letter to the State Department “was part of our standard request for documents,” and that GAO is “tentatively planning to issue a report toward the end of this year.”

Around the time GAO launched its probe, suspected Russian hackers had been rummaging around State Department email servers and managed to steal thousands of emails from the department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, as POLITICO reported.

The hacking campaign was at least the third known Kremlin-backed

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