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Hackers Impersonated State Department Spokeswoman, Experts Say

  • Group that leaked Clinton emails believed to be behind attack
  • State Department, Nauert, deputy Stevenson not compromised
Heather Nauert 

Heather Nauert 

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Hackers impersonated State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert and another official, Susan Stevenson, to target hundreds of people in U.S. defense and law enforcement agencies, according to cybersecurity experts.

The hackers are probably a group linked to Russian intelligence services, according to research by the firms FireEye Inc. and CrowdStrike Inc. published Monday in a blog post by FireEye. There’s no evidence that Nauert, Stevenson or the State Department were hacked, said Nick Carr, a senior manager at FireEye.