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Some Arizona lawmakers’ computers may have malware

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PHOENIX — Arizona officials said lawmakers didn’t appear to have been hacked after some legislators saw message prompts in Russian on their computers.

State computer experts believed a handful of individual computers used by lawmakers may have been infected with malware, but they did not detect a system-wide breach.

The state shut down external access to its human resources system over the weekend after an email asked lawmakers and staff to reset their passwords.

Those who clicked on the link saw a screen with Russian writing pop up.

Chief Information Security Officer Mike Lettman said those who clicked on the link may have compromised their information and infected their computers.

The Department of Administration believed the issue was isolated to about 100 users.

The department said Monday that the email didn’t appear to be a phishing attack.

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