The US government confirmed on Wednesday that hackers attacked its computer network. The attacks were described as "serious and ongoing". The scope and origins of the attacks are being determined.
"The situation is evolving and while we are working to define the full scope of this campaign, we already know that the federal government's computer systems have been attacked," says a joint statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The statement emphasized that the attack had been detected in recent days, but that its source is still being determined.
Earlier, the Bloomberg agency reported that individual agencies of the federal government are consulting in connection with cyberattacks. According to the agency citing informed sources, hackers have not yet managed to find any confidential or secret information.
There has been speculation in the American media that the attacks are the work of Russian hackers. According to Reuters, they were to attack the computer systems of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as the Department of Commerce.
The Washington Post claims that the State Department and Pentagon computer systems were also under attack.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov flatly rejected suggestions that the attacks were carried out by the Russians. (PAP)