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US intelligence agencies say massive hack of American government 'likely originated in Russia'

Posted January 5, 2021 3:48 p.m. EST

— US intelligence and law enforcement agencies investigating the massive hacking campaign on US government agencies and private sector companies said Tuesday that the attack "likely originated in Russia," issuing a joint statement that clearly acknowledges Moscow's suspected link to the intrusion.

The statement said the evidence that has been gathered so far indicates "an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actor, likely Russian in origin, is responsible for most or all of the recently discovered, ongoing cyber compromises of both government and non-governmental networks."

The attack, which has impacted computer networks of roughly half a dozen US government agencies and a number of private sector companies, is believed to be "an intelligence gathering effort," but investigators are still working to understand its full scope, according to the statement from the Cyber Unified Coordination Group (UCG).

That group consists of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and the National Security Agency (NSA).

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