Around two weeks ago, the computer systems of the US Department of Energy were targeted by a sophisticated group of cybercriminals. It’s believed that the attackers have managed to compromise the personal details of several hundred employees.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, the Energy Department and the FBI have launched an investigation.
It appears that a total of 14 servers and 20 workstations from the Washington headquarters have been breached.
The employees whose personal information might have been stolen are being notified. However, the attackers could have been after even more classified information.
The main suspect in this case is China, but experts say that Iranians are also attempting to steal Department of Energy secrets.
China has also been named as being behind the attacks on several US newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. However, Chinese officials are denying any implication, arguing that it’s wrong for the US to name them as the culprit based only on IP addresses.