HHS Cyber Attack Failed

From Vox:

The US Health and Human Services Department was the victim of a cyberattack yesterday, the agency confirmed to Recode.

Bloomberg, which was first to report the attack on Monday morning, initially described it as a hack, but updates to its story removed the word “hack,” instead referring to it as “multiple incidents of a cyber intrusion.” A subsequent ABC News story said it was actually a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which is a type of cyberattack but not a full breach. A DDoS attack is more consistent with Bloomberg’s description, which said the agency’s servers were overwhelmed with millions of hits designed to slow or shut them down. Both reports said the attack was not successful and that no data was accessed.

Caitlin B. Oakley, a spokesperson for the HHS, told Recode that there was a “significant increase in activity on HHS cyber infrastructure” but that it remained “fully operational.”

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