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Foreign government hackers target US senators, aides’ Gmail

Google and the U.S. Senate have announced that the Gmail accounts of U.S. Senators’ and their aides are being “targeted by foreign government hackers.” While no information has been given regarding the political entity behind the attempts or whether specific political parties or staffers have been especially targeted, the attempts are similar to those successfully done ahead of the 2016 election where many emails from Democratic lawmakers’ private accounts were leaked to the public. The Office of the Sergeant at Arms, with Senate security responsibilities, has noted that it has no authority to support the security of personal email accounts. Current legislation in the Senate is seeking to include lawmakers’ private/personal devices and accounts onto the list of those officially secured by the security office. 

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