Alleged “Russian hackers” gained access to thousands of emails from US State Department officials in 2020, Politico newspaper reported, citing sources.
According to the newspaper, hackers gained access to e-mails in the Bureau of the State Department for European and Eurasian Affairs, as well as the Bureau for East Asia and the Pacific. At the moment, according to the newspaper, it is not established whether they received access to classified data. It is also unknown whether this attack is part of the SolarWinds cyber hack.
Hackers attacked customers of computer security firm SolarWinds in December 2020. The United States accused the Russian Federation of involvement in the attack. Washington states that the purpose of the attack, which included US government agencies, was to obtain intelligence, but the organizers of the attack did not get access to “sensitive information”.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov emphasized that Moscow was not involved in cyberattacks. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also said that the US accusations of Russia’s involvement in a massive hacker attack on American federal agencies are unsubstantiated.