The U.S. government was compromised by one largest cyber attacks to date after cybersecurity firm FireEye and software company SolarWinds announced they were down, according to the Daily Caller.
Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the hack was a cyber-espionage operation most likely conducted by Russia.
Trump said, “The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality.”
“I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control.”
The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality. I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2020
“This is a much bigger story than one single agency.”
“This is a huge cyber espionage campaign targeting the U.S. government and its interests.”
December 20 SolarWinds stated that hackers compromised their Orion Platform by a “supply chain attack.”
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The attack is still being investigated.
Reports indicate that the operation took place nine months ago.
Email correspondence from the Treasury, Commerce, and Homeland Security Departments have been monitored and stolen by the hackers.
Cisco, Intel, Nvidia, Belkin, and VMware were also affected by malware.
“The magnitude of this national security breach is hard to overstate,” said Tom Bossert.
Sergio Caltagirone said, “The issue is we don’t know how big this is, and at the same time it could be the biggest ever.”
“Most organizations still lack the basic visibility to even assess whether they were compromised or not.”
SolarWinds asks all customers to upgrade immediately to Orion Platform version 2020.2.1 HF 1 to address a security vulnerability. More information is available at https://t.co/scsUhZJCk8
— SolarWinds (@solarwinds) December 14, 2020
“As soon as you get into a network, you’re going to set up other potential back doors and ways to get in, in case the original way you got in closed.”
“So just because you closed the SolarWinds intrusion doesn’t mean you’ve solved the problem.”
“It is a grave risk and it continues. I see no evidence that it’s under control,” Biden said.
From The Daily Caller:
Cybersecurity experts also expressed alarm over the sophistication of the attack. SolarWinds noted in a statement that the hack was “narrow, extremely targeted, and manually executed” as opposed to the broader and system-wide attacks typically used by hackers.
Some experts noted that the malware used was sophisticated beyond what current security systems can protect against, questioning if the U.S. was prepared for a future attack. “This is classic espionage,” said Johns Hopkins professor Thomas Rid told The Washington Post. “It’s done in a highly sophisticated way. But this is a stealthy operation.”