Russians did some underground magic for themselves and attacked the unclassified Pentagon email system that is used by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It was pulled online on July 25th.
It appears the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s unclassified email network was taken down because of activity that was suspicious. The Pentagon email network is used by over 4,000 military and civilian personnel who work for the Joint Chiefs. The attack from the Russian hackers was done through social media channels.
Officials are not clear if the attack was done with the knowledge of the Russian government or if it was the work of individuals. The Pentagon stated that no classified information was taken or compromised and that only unclassified email and there accounts were breached.
The Defense Department officials said the attack on the email network as the “most sophisticated” hack in U.S. military history. The attack involved a brand new approach into the network that has not been seen before. The assault involved spear phishing that targeted the personal information of many users.
This is not the first attack on the Pentagon, but with new ways and unseen breaches it is getting harder and harder to see or find breaches and the next question is what has not been found that is working its way through the network.