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State Department to shut down email system to clean it from malware

Staff writer |
The U.S. Department of State will shut down its unclassified email system to clean up malware that may have be there since last year.

The State Department said it has scheduled a planned outage of the unclassified email system to make security improvements and to respond to "activity of concern" on the network.

The State Department’s unclassified email system was compromised by a suspected state-sponsored hacking campaign, possibly originating in Russia.

"As a part of the Department of State's ongoing effort to ensure the integrity of our unclassified networks against cyber attacks, the Department is implementing improvements to the security of its main unclassified network during a short, planned outage of some internet-linked systems.

"The Department continues to closely monitor and respond to activity of concern on our unclassified network. Such activity is something we take very seriously. There has been no compromise of any of the Department's classified systems, nor of our core financial, consular, and human resource systems.

"The recent increase in news reports regarding cyber incidents reflects that the Department is among a growing list of public institutions and private industries facing an increasing number of sophisticated cyber threats," the Department said in the statement. â– 

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