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Read moreNews headlinesJuly 21, 2019 08:04:15The FBI is investigating how an anti-virus software company may have compromised the computers of more than 1,000 U.S. lawmakers, the top House Democrat said Monday.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the FBI is looking into how the software company Avast may have used its cloud-based encryption to conceal the source of the data that the firm has disclosed.
The company disclosed the breach last month after The Associated Press and other media reported that the company had been hacked.
Avast has been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks as the FBI investigates the hacking of its computer systems and the leak of thousands of emails.
The company is also under investigation by Congress and the Federal Trade Commission for selling malware that could infect computers and steal data.
Avast said Monday it has not been contacted by law enforcement, and that it is cooperating with the investigation.
“It appears that the Avast breach was an isolated incident, but we are looking into this closely,” company President Scott Eich said in a statement.
“We do not know the extent of the damage or what may have happened to the affected systems.”
He said the company has been cooperating with authorities in both the U.K. and the U of S. and has implemented security measures to mitigate the impact of this breach.