U.S. State Department is shutting down parts of its email system

U.S. State Department is shutting down parts of its email system



The Harry S. Truman building, where the State Department is headquartered.

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The U.S. State Department will shut down segments of its unclassified email for a “short, planned outage.”

The agency issued a media advisory that it is implementing improvements to the email’s security system during the outage. No classified information has been compromised, according to the State Department.

The reasoning for shutting down the email system at this time remains unclear, but ABC News reporter Justin Fishel tweeted that the shutdown was an attempt to get rid of malware inserted into the system by Russian hackers. Mashable could not independently confirm that claim.

If the shutdown is indeed intended to weed out hackers, however, it’s also unclear if the action is related a hack from November 2014. As a result of that attack, the State Department also shut down its entire unclassified email system at the time, then an unprecedented move for the organization.

Furthermore, the State Department says that hackers still have access to the system and has not been able to fully shut them out.

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