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 Administration, 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 hit, but Leo Taddeo, who previously headed the IT division of the FBI’s New York office, said the loot could still produce an intelligence goldmine. “It’s still very bad if they got the content of 3,000 accounts,” said Taddeo, who now works as chief information security officer for data center firm Cyxtera Technologies.
He said the unclassified emails still contained a great deal of information on incoming tips, pending indictments, and international anti-corruption operations, among other things. “They don’t need to have our secret secrets to do great damage,” he said.
Justice spokesman Marc Raimondi refused to say how many mailboxes were breached. 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. Cyber security experts said a full recovery from violations could take months or longer.
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- 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.
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