Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report

Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report
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A small number of State Department employees had their personal information exposed in a recent hack, Politico reported Monday.

The news outlet reported that the department alerted employees that a hack of its unclassified email system affected "less than 1 percent of inboxes." As a result, some employees had their personal information revealed.

The classified email system within the department was reportedly not hacked. In response, the State Department commissioned a task force to look into the breach.

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It's unclear who was behind the hacking effort, Politico reported.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. 

A group of bipartisan senators wrote to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHeather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN ambassador job The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight Overnight Defense: Trump to sign funding deal, declare national emergency | Shanahan says allies will be consulted on Afghanistan | Dem demands Khashoggi documents MORE last week raising concerns that the department did not meet federal standards for cybersecurity and questioning whether that left State susceptible to cyberattacks.

Sens. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHigh stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks Dem lawmaker: 'Trump's presidency is the real national emergency' Dems introduce bill to take gender-specific terms out of tax code to make it LGBT-inclusive MORE (D-Ore.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Congress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration MORE (R-Ky.), Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats Green New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing We can have a Green New Deal, and air travel too MORE (D-Mass.), Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenCongress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Dems slam EPA plan for fighting drinking water contaminants Bipartisan Senators reintroduce legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia MORE (D-N.H.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerBipartisan Senators reintroduce legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia Dems seeking path to Senate majority zero-in on Sun Belt Lawmakers eager for 5G breakthrough MORE (R-Colo.) asked Pompeo for an update on what the State Department has done to address its "high risk" designation, and how many cyberattacks the department had been subject to abroad in the last three years.

Pompeo was asked to respond by Oct. 12.