On Tuesday, employees and officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were restricted and denied access to the agency’s computer networks.
The report comes from Reuters, claiming details were not immediately listed regarding the DHS’ and Washington area’s status in the situation. It is not known how widespread the issue was, nor how significant its impact.
The personal identity verification (PIV) cards that enable computer access to federal workers and contractors reportedly malfunctioned at around 5 a.m in four DHS buildings. Departments such as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services were halted by the inability to access the system network.
It has not been reported whether the DHS was hacked through cyberterrorism or if it was simply experiencing a system error.
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