The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency revealed that SolarWinds, an Austin-based IT company, was hacked, and the cyberattack poses a “grave risk to the Federal Government.”
The hack targeted The National Nuclear Security Administration, which handles and protects America’s nuclear arsenal. While the damage to the National Nuclear Security Administration seems limited, the hack’s success is concerning.
Microsoft President Brad Smith said, “While roughly 80% of these customers are located in the United States, this work so far has also identified victims in seven additional countries. This includes Canada and Mexico in North America; Belgium, Spain, and the United Kingdom in Europe; and Israel and the UAE in the Middle East. It’s certain that the number and location of victims will keep growing.”
Not only has the Federal Government been compromised, but this attack hit many different victims.
CISA added that the attack affected “state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as critical infrastructure entities and other private sector organizations.”
While there has been no confirmation on who was responsible for this attack, it is suspected that the attack is state-sponsored. The nature of the attack suggests it was carried out by a group that had access to significant resources. It will likely take some time for the culprits to be identified by authorities.
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