Justice Department Probing 2020 Federal Court System Breach

It was perpetuated by three foreign state actors, House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler said during a Thursday hearing. “Perhaps even more concerning is the disturbing impact the security breach had and on pending civil and criminal litigation, as well as an ongoing national security or intelligence matters,” Nadler said. The Department of Justice is investigating, Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew Olsen told the New York Democrat. “While I can’t speak directly to the nature of the ongoing investigation of the type of threats that you’ve mentioned regarding the effort to compromise public judicial dockets, this is of course a significant concern for us given the nature of the information that’s often held by the courts,” Olsen said. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts disclosed in early 2021 an “apparent compromise” in the confidentiality of its digital docketing system. The incident came to light as a result of a security audit taken in the wake of the Russian nation-state hack of ubiquitous network management tool maker SolarWinds. 

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