ABC News reports the Department of Health and Human Services experienced some form of cyberattack Sunday night related to its coronavirus response, administration sources confirmed to ABC News Monday.
The attempt was to slow down operations, sources said.
Per NR, officials believed the attack was from a hostile foreign actor, and was designed to slow the agency’s services amid the government’s rollout of a response to coronavirus, but failed to register a meaningful impact and did not appear to remove any data, the sources said.
The hack allegedly tried to overload HHS servers with millions of hits in just hours. A source told Bloomberg that Paul Nakasone, who heads the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, is looking further into the matter to determine who was behind the attack.
The National Security Council reportedly attempted to address the hack and the release of disinformation by tweeting just before midnight.
The attack was first reported by Bloomberg.
“As federal state and local governments focus on handling the current public health crisis, national security officials are also tracking other threats — in particular those posed by terrorist or extremist groups and foreign adversaries who may seek to take advantage of all of the attention being focused on the coronavirus and conduct an attack,” said John Cohen, a former acting Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security and contributor to ABC News.