• Thomas Parker

Cyber attack on HHS intended to slow virus response

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services experienced a cyber attack on Sunday night that was intended to hurt the government's ability to respond effectively to the coronavirus.

“We are aware of a cyber incident related to the Health and Human Services computer networks, and the federal government is investigating this incident thoroughly,” John Ullyot, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said in a statement. “HHS and federal government cybersecurity professionals are continuously monitoring and taking appropriate actions to secure our federal networks.”

Foreign hackers are suspected, but U.S. officials have yet to confirm the identity of the attackers.

The NSC issued a warning on Twitter after false information had been circulated due to the cyber attack. "Text message rumors of a national quarantine are FAKE," the tweet said.

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