Reports: DOE hit with ‘major’ cyber attack

The personal information of several hundred employees has reportedly been compromised following a cyber attack on the U.S. Department of Energy.

The FBI is now investigating the incident, which happened two weeks ago at the DOE’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., according to reports.

No classified information was uncovered in the security breach, although some 14 computer service and 20 work stations were compromised.

Investigators said the level of sophistication of the attack suggests the involvement of a foreign government – possibly China or Iran, who have attacked DOE assets in the past.

The National Nuclear Security Administration, which maintains the country’s nuclear weapons, is housed within the DOE.

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