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At least 33 civic groups nationwide — many of them anti-nuclear organizations — have been hit by a series of cyber-attacks that bombarded them with a total of 2.53 million emails since mid-September, group members and a lawyer representing them said Sunday.

The civic groups are considering filing a criminal complaint against the senders of the emails for obstruction of business, according to lawyer Yuichi Kaido, who represents the organizations, which includes Fukushima Genpatsu Kokusodan, a group formed by residents of the prefecture affected by the nuclear disaster at the No. 1 plant.

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