The US Department of Justice said Wednesday that its email systems had been hit by hackers who broke into software company SolarWinds, another indication of the severity of the breach that rocked Washington. The extent of the DOJ hacking wasn’t immediately clear, but it could be significant. The department, which has more than 100,000 employees in a number of law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the US Marshals Service, said in a statement that 3% of its Office 365 mailboxes it was potentially accessible.
The statement went on to say that the Justice Department had no indication that any classified systems had been affected. But get access to thousands of email boxes from The nation’s leading police organization could still provide a goldmine of intelligence for foreign hackers. The department plays a key role in eradicating foreign spies, enforcing sanctions and fighting corruption. Notably, justice has recently taken increasingly aggressive action against foreign hackers, unveiling a series of allegations against Russian, Chinese and Iranian cyber spies in the run-up to the US presidential election two months ago.
Justice spokesman Marc Raimondi refused to give a precise figure to the number of mailboxes targeted. The statement claims that the Justice Department’s Office of the Chief Information Officer discovered the breach the day before Christmas, nearly two weeks after Reuters first reported hackers suspected of acting on behalf of Russia had intruded. in US government networks.
Russia has denied responsibility for the hacking campaign, which has been described as one of the most sophisticated operations discovered in recent years. The hackers in question were able to access a number of government agencies by tampering with network monitoring software sold by SolarWinds of Austin, Texas.
Cyber security experts said a full recovery from violations could take months or longer.
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- The hackers in question were able to access a number of government agencies by tampering with network monitoring software sold by SolarWinds of Austin, Texas. Cyber security experts said a full recovery from violations could take months or longer.
- The US Department of Justice claims that his emails were hacked by SolarWinds hackers