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    US Officials: Chinese Hackers Breached Unclassified Govt Email by Foiling Microsoft Security

    US Officials: Chinese Hackers Breached Unclassified Govt Email by Foiling Microsoft Security

    U.S. officials say state-backed Chinese hackers foiled Microsoft's cloud-based security to break into unclassified U.S. government email systems at an unspecified number of agencies including the State Department.

    The extent of the hack was not immediately clear, but a person familiar with the hack investigation said U.S. and intelligence agencies were not among those impacted. Another U.S. official said the State Department was the first agency to discover the breach.

    The officials spoke on condition they not be further identified.

    In a technical advisory Wednesday, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the said Microsoft had determined the hackers accessed and stole data “from a small number of accounts” by impersonating authorized users.

    Nevertheless, Senate intelligence committee chair Mark Warner issued a statement saying it was “closely monitoring what appears to be a significant cybersecurity breach by Chinese intelligence” that shows is “steadily improving its cyber collection capabilities directed against the U.S. and our allies.”

    The hack was disclosed late Tuesday by Microsoft in a blog post. It said it was alerted to the breach, which it blamed on a state-backed, espionage-focused Chinese hacking group “known to target government agencies in Western ,” on June 16. Microsoft said the group, which it calls Storm-0558, had gained access to email…

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