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Russia launched sophisticated cyberattack against Pentagon

Staff writer ▼ | August 6, 2015
U.S. officials tell NBC News that Russia launched a "sophisticated cyberattack" against the Pentagon's Joint Staff unclassified email system, which has been shut down and taken off line for nearly two weeks.
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Cyberattack   Sources tell NBC News
According to the officials, the "sophisticated cyber intrusion" occurred sometime around July 25 and affected some 4,000 military and civilian personnel work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, NBC News learned.

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.

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