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The hackers who carried out the massive SolarWinds hack last year may have gotten access to email accounts belonging to top government officials, including the former acting head of the Department of Homeland Security, the Associated Press reported.

In addition to then-DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, hackers may have also gained access to the email accounts of senior members of the DHS’s cyber division, which is responsible for identifying and rooting out foreign threats to the US’s national security and cybersecurity infrastructure.

The SolarWinds attack was first detected in December, and US officials have since attributed the attack to Russian hackers, specifically the group Cozy Bear, which is part of Russia’s foreign intelligence arm. The Biden administration is said to be planning to retaliate against Russia in the coming weeks through a “mix of actions seen and unseen.” Russia has denied responsibility for the attack.

Security experts told Business Insider last year…

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