Treasury Secretary Steven Menuchin said that the Treasury Department was hacked as part of a large-scale Russian campaign that still remains with the federal government.
Speaking to CNBC, Menuchin said that there was “some access to our unclassified systems” from hackers.
“At this point, we don’t see any break in our classified systems,” he said.
“There has been no loss nor have we displaced large amounts of information,” he said.
The Treasury is now at least the third federal agency, along with the Department of Commerce and Energy, to accept what was widely hacked as part of an espionage operation widely believed to be the work of Russian intelligence.
Sen. Ron Weiden, D-Ore., Expressed concern that hackers may receive information on Americans’ tax refunds.
“Even without access to classified systems, the Treasury Department has a host of sensitive data, especially if hackers violated the IRS,” Whedon said in an email.
“For government officials spying on or blackmailing foreign advisers would amount to a goldmine,” Widen said, adding that he would be briefed soon on the specifics of the hack.
Government officials have widely linked Russia’s SVR intelligence agency to the hack since news broke this month. On Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was “clearly” that the Russians were behind the attack, and Attorney General Bill Barr told reporters that it certainly appeared to be “Russia’s job”.
Only President Donald Trump has doubted that relationship, Tweet On Saturday, the media is “frightened to discuss the possibility that it could be China (it could be!”) And inexplicably hacked conspiracy theories to explain how he lost the election.
Reflecting the possible scope of the campaign, more agencies have been informed to find out if they too were affected.
The hackers began in March by compromising with a third-party information technology company in Austin, Texas called SolarWinds, leaving its tens of thousands of customers untold.
This gave Russia a wide range of potential targets. Microsoft said last week that it had contacted more than 40 compromising organizations in the campaign.