According to a report by Politics which cites the testimony of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. The Department of Justice (DOJ) reportedly informed the judiciary of the breach in March and told lawmakers that an investigation was underway. Other lawmakers, such as Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), expressed concern that the DOJ hid information about the breach and refused to explain it to the public and Congress.
Nadler reportedly said the “system security failure” was the work of “three hostile foreign actors”, although, according to ReutersDOJ security officials did not specify which countries might be involved.
In early 2021, the federal court system announced it would go low-tech for its most sensitive documents, saying they should be delivered by hand instead of going through the accessible electronic case management and records system. to the public. At the time, he cited the SolarWinds attack, which gave hackers access to the systems of dozens of companies and government agencies, as the reason for the policy change. Although the attack on SolarWinds is also believed to have begun in early 2020, the breach revealed by Nadler is believed to be a separate incident.
At this time, details of what the attackers gained access to or how they managed to break into justice systems are not publicly available. It is also unclear when the attack was discovered by DOJ officials. The Justice Department’s National Security Division did not immediately respond to The edgerequest for comment on the hack and the ensuing investigation.