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U.S. State Department Hacked

In response to the breach, the department's entire unclassified email system was shut down, with duty officers using Gmail accounts to communicate.

The U.S. State Department recently shut down its entire unclassified email system in response to a suspected breach, according to the Associated Press.

"This has impacted some of our unclassified email traffic and our access to public websites from our main unclassified system," an unidentified State Department official told the New York Times.

"We detected activity of concern several weeks ago," State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told Reuters.

Still, Rathke said, "We have no reason to believe classified information was compromised."

Rathke said the breach appears to be connected to the late October 2014 breach of the White House's computer network.

According to Reuters, while the breach was detected several weeks ago, the State Department's unclassified email system wasn't shut down until this past weekend during previously...(continued)

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