European Union officials are taking the report ‘extremely seriously’ [Steve Marcus/Reuters]

Hackers spent years eavesdropping on the diplomatic communications of European Union officials, an operation disrupted only after researchers discovered hundreds of intercepted documents on the internet.

The documents were discovered a few months ago after a malicious email was caught by the Redwood City, California-based Area 1 Security firm, according to company co-founder Blake Darche.

He said the firm followed forensic clues

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