State Dept. expects email back online later Monday
The U.S. Department of State expects its main unclassified email system to be back in operation later Monday after security upgrades, but wider Internet access could take longer to get back online.
The department, which says it fights off “thousands” of hacking attacks each day, took its system offline over the weekend “to ensure the integrity” of the network.
“It was about further enhancing our security capabilities,” State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a regular briefing on Monday.
She said it would take some time for the entire Internet system to be back online at the government department, but email would be the first step and is expected to return on Monday night.