Cybercriminals successfully breached the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with the US weather agency confirming several of its websites were hacked. The attack likely originated from China and occurred in late September, but NOAA officials kept the breach secret until October 20.
The NOAA didn't confirm whether the attack led to stolen classified data and if weather notification to citizens was affected - but said "incident response began immediately."
Earlier in the year, a report indicated the NOAA was at a risk of cyberattacks - and it appears the cybercriminals were following the news. Since officials kept news of the breach secret for so long, the Commerce Department inspector general is investigating the security breach.