Pentagon e-mail server shut down after suspicious activity

July 29, 2015 09:25
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and other members of the US military's top brass use the unclassified Pentagon server that was taken offline. Photo: Reuters

The Pentagon shut down part of an e-mail network used by its top generals because of suspicious activity.

The unclassified server is used by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other members of the US military's top brass, according to Reuters which cited a Pentagon spokeswoman.

Army Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson said the e-mail network for all users on the Joint Staff was taken offline by the Defense Department because of suspicious activity noted over the weekend and is "currently down".

"We continue to identify and mitigate cybersecurity risks across our networks," Henderson said.

"With those goals in mind, we have taken the Joint Staff network down and continue to investigate."

Henderson did not specify the nature of the suspicious activity on the network.

She said the network was taken offline by the department, not by the activity or any outside party.

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