Jul 31, 2021 - Politics & Policy

DOJ: Russians hacked federal prosecutors

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The Russian hackers behind the massive SolarWinds cyber-espionage campaign broke into the email accounts of some of the most prominent federal prosecutors' offices around the country last year, the Justice Department announced.

State of play: DOJ said 80% of Microsoft email accounts used by employees in the four U.S. attorney offices in New York were breached.

  • 27 U.S. attorney offices had at least one employee's email account compromised during the hacking campaign, from May to Dec. 2020.

Context: The SolarWinds campaign infiltrated dozens of private-sector companies and think tanks, as well as at least nine U.S. government agencies. The hack was discovered and publicized in mid-December.

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