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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The Southern Environmental Law Center says its computer system has been hacked, compromising what it calls highly confidential information.

The Charlottesville-based organization says in a statement that it has reported the major Internet security breach to the FBI. The center said it believes the breach was an intentional effort to undermine its environmental protection mission in a region that includes Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

The center did not elaborate on the nature of the confidential information and did not immediately respond to a telephone message from The Associated Press. It urged anyone who receives an email about an SELC security failure to delete it immediately without opening it or clicking on any of the links.

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