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Top US prosecutors hit by suspected Russian hack

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  • 1st August, 2021 04:38:05 PM
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Top US prosecutors hit by suspected Russian hack

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Nearly 30 top US prosecutors had their office's email accounts hacked during a major breach last year, the Justice Department says.

The attack on users of the software SolarWinds - which the US has blamed on Russia - was the worst-ever cyber-espionage attack on the US government.

The department says 27 US attorneys had at least one office computer hacked.

That has raised fears the hackers may have accessed sensitive information, including the names of informants, BBC reported.

"It's potentially very serious," Gil Soffer, a former federal prosecutor, told the BBC.

He said prosecutors' emails contain "very sensitive, very confidential and often very secret information".

If the hackers got hold of secret informants' identities, they could use the information to "blow their cover," he added.