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'Dozens of email accounts' were hacked at U.S. Treasury -Senator Wyden By Reuters

'Dozens of email accounts' were hacked at U.S. Treasury -Senator Wyden By Reuters
'Dozens of email accounts' were hacked at U.S. Treasury -Senator Wyden

In a written statement, Wyden's office said that Senate Finance Committee staff were briefed that the hack of the Treasury Department appears to have been a significant one, "the full depth of which isn't known.Wyden's statement carried a considerably more pessimistic tone than the one taken by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who told CNBC earlier in the day that "the good news is there has been no damage, nor have we seen any large amounts of information displaced.The Treasury declined to add to Mnuchin's comments, and did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Wyden's statement.Microsoft did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

A Wyden aide said the hackers were able to access the Treasury officials' Microsoft-hosted inboxes after taking control of the cryptographic key used by Treasury's "single sign on" infrastructure - a service used in many organizations so that employees can access a variety of services with a single username and password.The aide quoted Treasury officials as saying Mnuchin's inbox was not among those affected.

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