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 Pompeo2 US service members killed in Afghanistan after Pompeo visit The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? State Department need not be at odds with itself on Republic of Cyprus policy 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 WydenPelosi: Congress will receive election security briefing in July The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? Senate Finance leaders in talks on deal to limit drug price increases MORE (D-Ore.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House Senate Health Committee advances bipartisan package to lower health costs Senate GOP to defeat proposal requiring approval for Iran attack MORE (R-Ky.), Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyHillicon Valley: Investigation finds federal agencies failed to address cyber vulnerabilities | Officials crack down on illegal robocallers | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Senators grill Google exec on 'persuasive technology' YouTube critics urge FTC to crack down on handling of children's videos Senate set to bypass Iran fight amid growing tensions MORE (D-Mass.), Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenDemocrats want White House hopefuls to cool it on Biden attacks Key endorsements: A who's who in early states Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill after Mnuchin announces delay MORE (D-N.H.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerMcSally on Moore running for Senate again: 'This place has enough creepy old men' Hillicon Valley: Senate sets hearing on Facebook's cryptocurrency plans | FTC reportedly investigating YouTube over children's privacy | GOP senator riles tech with bill targeting liability shield | FAA pushed to approve drone deliveries Senate panel advances bill to protect government devices against cyber threats 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.