SolarWinds hackers used DOJ email, no indication that they reached classified systems


SolarWinds Corp’s banner hangs on the company’s IPO Day in New York, US on November 19, 2018 at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

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A spokesperson for the DOJ said in a statement on Wednesday that hackers tapped government networks through SolarWind software that potentially reached about 3% of the Justice Department’s email accounts, but there is no indication that they classified Systems.

The chief information officer of the DOJ office, according to the statement, learned of the hack on Christmas Eve, where agents accessed the department’s Microsoft Office 365 email environment.

“As part of the ongoing technical analysis, the department has determined that the activity becomes a major incident under the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, and is taking steps consistent with that determination,” the spokesperson said. “The department will continue to notify the appropriate federal agencies, Congress and the public.”

On Tuesday, US intelligence agencies said that there was likely to be Russian behind the breech, which affected several government departments. Microsoft was also a victim of the hack in December, Reuters reported.

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