US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on December 18 said that Russia was “pretty clearly” involved in the major cyberattacks on the federal agencies of the country. After the White House flagged a cyberattack that had been impacting the government agencies for several months recently, Pompeo told the Mark Levin Show that the there was a “significant effort” to use third-party software to embed the foreign code inside the systems. Therefore, US Secretary of State concluded that the extra effort indicates Russians being involved in the activity.
In one of the latest blows to US President Donald Trump’s administration in its closing days, as many as 12 federal agencies were crippled with a massive cyberattack which is reportedly described as the biggest breach in several years. Triggering speculation of Russian hackers’ involvement, US officials reportedly said that the hacks have been ongoing for several months allowing the ones who breached the websites to monitor as well as read US’ confidential emails.