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Unclassified State Department Servers Breached

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US State Department logoFollowing an earlier AP story, the NY Times reported that the US State Department had been added to a list of government agencies attacked in recent weeks. Attribution has been difficult, with NOAA and Post Office hacks apparently originating in China, with a White House breach thought to be the work of Russians. Other outlets report that State Department mail servers worldwide will be shutdown until security patches (of some sort) are implemented. It case it wasn’t made clear, the Fox station ┬áin Boston reminded readers that it was State’s worldwide unclassified system that was affected.

An old principle is at work: economies of scale from centralization can lead to increased risk.

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