Dems Demand Answers In State Department Cyber-Attack

WASHINGTON (AP) -

A House oversight committee is demanding answers about a suspected cyber-attack that has shut down the State Department’s unclassified email system.

In a letter Monday to Secretary of State John Kerry, Democratic lawmakers on the House Government Oversight Committee requested details about the data breach — including when it was first discovered and whether it ever went undetected.

The letter from Rep. Elijah Cummings also asked what steps the State Department has taken to protect its information systems since the attack.

State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters that the attack only hit unclassified email systems — and not business databases that contain information about Americans or, for example, foreign visa applicants.

Rathke said the shutdown this weekend was scheduled after the breach was discovered a few weeks ago.