Both civilian and military personnel of the Pentagon's Joint Staff should have their internet and email system back online by the end of the week, after 4000 unclassified emails were hacked by a sophisticated Russian cyberattack.
Sources tell NBC News that it appears the cyberattack relied on some kind of automated system that rapidly gathered massive amounts of data and within a minute distributed all the information to thousands of accounts on the Internet. The officials also report the suspected Russian hackers coordinated the sophisticated cyberassault via encrypted accounts on social media.
Due to the scope of the attack, NBC has quoted officials as saying, “It was clearly the work of a state actor,” though it is unclear if it was sanctioned by the Russian government or by individuals.
One can only hope that this attack will underscore the nature of our enemy and that our leaders must become ever diligent to stay ahead of those who wish to see America's demise.
Read more at CNBC, as the story continues to develop.