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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.

{mosads}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 Pompeo 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 Wyden (D-Ore.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Cory Gardner (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.

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