(Reuters) — The FBI is investigating a hack of its computer network, in an isolated incident that was now contained, the agency said on Friday.
“The FBI is aware of the incident and is working to obtain additional information,” the agency said in an email to Reuters, without providing further details.
CNN, which first reported the incident, citing people briefed on the matter, said FBI officials believe it involved computers in its New York office used to investigate child sexual abuse.
It was not immediately clear when the incident occurred. A source told CNN that the origin of the hack is still under investigation.
The FBI breach is the latest in a series of high-profile hacking incidents by US agencies over the past decade. In late 2020, officials discovered widespread cyberespionage activity within numerous federal networks by hackers linked to Russian intelligence.
In 2015, the Office of Personnel Management announced that it too had been hacked and that federal employee records were stolen. The OPM breach was later attributed to Chinese hackers.