Commerce Department Agency’s Network Apparently Hacked

Source: Lisa Rein / The Washington Post

Hackers apparently have launched an attack on the computer network of a job-development agency in the Commerce Department, forcing it to block employees from the Internet for more than a week.

The virus targeted computers at the Economic Development Administration, which is responsible for making business-development grants to distressed communities to help them create jobs.

Commerce Department officials said they have brought in a team of outside experts to help the agency’s security team restore the networks. But they do not know where the attack came from and how it penetrated government computers, officials said.

“Out of an abundance of caution, EDA isolated its network systems by removing all network connectivity,” Commerce spokesman Brad Carroll said in a statement. A temporary, bare-bones Web site is providing contact information for the small agency and information on federal funding opportunities.

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