July 25, 2019 / 1:09 PM / a month ago

Brazil President Bolsonaro's cellphones targeted by hackers - Justice Ministry

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends a ceremony of the hoisting the national flag in front the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

BRASÍLIA (Reuters) - Cellphones used by President Jair Bolsonaro were a target of cyber attacks, the Brazilian Justice Ministry said in a statement on Thursday, after being briefed about the incident by the federal police “as a matter of national security.”

Bolsonaro is the latest high-ranking government official to be targeted by cyber attacks. The ministry claimed the attack came from people arrested last Tuesday in connection with a probe into a group of people accused of hacking other government authorities.

Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Writing by Ana Mano; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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