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A security surveillance camera is seen near the Microsoft office building in Beijing, on July 20, 2021.Andy Wong/The Associated Press

Chinese hackers who subverted Microsoft’s e-mail platform earlier this year managed to steal tens of thousands of emails from U.S. State Department accounts, a Senate staffer told Reuters on Wednesday.

The staffer, who attended a briefing of State Department IT officials earlier Wednesday, said the officials told lawmakers that 60,000 emails were stolen from 10 different State Department accounts. Although the victims weren't named, all but one of them was working on East Asia and the Pacific, he said.

The staffer, who works for Senator Eric Schmitt, shared the details of the briefing on condition that he not be identified by name.

The U.S. State Department did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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