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Russian Government Seen Behind White House Computer Hack

The United States flag flies at the top of the flag staff at the White House, Thursday afternoon, on January 25, 2007.

The United States flag flies at the top of the flag staff at the White House, Thursday afternoon, on January 25, 2007.

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Criminal hackers doing the bidding of the Russian government are believed to have hacked into a non-classified White House computer network last year, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation.

An analysis of the malicious code and other evidence gathered show certain characteristics known to be used by criminal hackers working under the sponsorship of the Russian government, said the person who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.