The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a probe into a computer breach involving the systems of USIS, a government contractor that conducts background checks on DHS employees, USA Today reports. US Investigations Services, LLC, issued the following statement:
“Our internal IT security team recently identified an apparent external cyber-attack on USIS’ corporate network. We immediately informed federal law enforcement, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and other relevant federal agencies. We are working closely with federal law enforcement authorities and have retained an independent computer forensics investigations firm to determine the precise nature and extent of any unlawful entry into our network. Experts who have reviewed the facts gathered to-date believe it has all the markings of a state-sponsored attack.
“Cybercrime and attacks of this nature have become an epidemic that impacts businesses, government agencies, and financial and educational institutions alike. The protection and safeguarding of our networks, our data and the data of our customers is always of the utmost importance, and we have invested heavily in security measures. Our systems and people identified this attack, and, in response, we are working alongside OPM, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and federal law enforcement authorities in redoubling our cyber security efforts. We are working collaboratively with OPM and DHS to resolve this matter quickly and look forward to resuming service on all our contracts with them as soon as possible. We will support the authorities in the investigation and any prosecution of those determined to be responsible for this criminal attack.
“Given the involvement of law enforcement and the active nature of this investigation, we cannot provide any additional information at this time.”
DHS spokesman Peter Boogaard said the agency has temporarily suspended work with USIS until authorities determine that additional information was not compromised, USA Today reports.