Alleged Russian hackers have stolen thousands of emails from State Department officials, Politico newspaper reported.
Citing two unnamed sources in Congress with knowledge of the invasion, the newspaper writes that this is the second known State Department mail server hack in a decade.
According to Politico, hackers gained access to e-mails from the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs.
Apparently, the hackers were not gaining access to the classified network, a third official said.
It is unclear, the newspaper writes, whether the theft of correspondence was part of a spy campaign in which Russian hackers infiltrated federal and private networks using software developed by SolarWinds, which is used by both the public and private sectors.
Answering Politico’s questions about the hacker attack, a spokesman for the State Department said that the department “takes its responsibility to protect information very seriously” and is constantly taking appropriate measures.
“For security reasons, we are not currently in a position to discuss the nature or scope of any alleged cybersecurity incidents,” said a State Department spokesman.