June 15 (Reuters) – Several U.S. government agencies have been affected by a global hacking campaign that exploited a vulnerability in widely used software, a U.S. cyber watchdog said on Thursday.
Several federal agencies experienced breaches after the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) discovered a vulnerability in file transfer software MOVEit, Eric Goldstein, the agency’s executive assistant director for cybersecurity, said in a statement.
“We are working urgently to understand the impacts and ensure a timely solution,” he said.
CISA did not immediately return emails. The FBI and the US National Security Agency also did not immediately return emails seeking details on the breaches.
Jen Easterly, director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told MSNBC that the US does not expect any “significant impact” from the cyber attack that hit its government agencies.
Easterly said the agency is working to fully determine the impact of the attack and is coordinating with other agencies to ensure a resolution.
Reporting by Raphael Chatter and Shivani Tanna; Editing by Jonathan Otis and Angus MacSwan
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