Russian hackers who breached the State Department's computer systems were apparently behind a cyberattack on the White House that breached sensitive areas of its unclassified network, according to a report by CNN citing U.S. officials familiar with the investigation.
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The U.S. State Department's unclassified email system was breached by hackers at the same time that the White House network was breached, according to a report by Nextgov.