The largest cyber attack campaign of the decade

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The largest cyber attack campaign of the decade 4
The largest cyber attack campaign of the decade 4

According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), this sophisticated attack campaign began at least in March and was only made public on December 8 when security company FireEye admitted that

Shortly thereafter, a number of US government agencies also reported being attacked in the form of hackers installing malicious code into the SolarWinds Orion software update.

Earlier this week, SolarWinds announced that about 18,000 customers had downloaded the update containing the above malware and said that this was a campaign by an `external country`.

According to Reuters, as of December 18, at least six US government agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, the Department of Finance, the Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce have become victims of the attack.

The attack via SolarWinds software is considered the largest in the past decade in the US.

In addition, hackers also target smaller organizations such as some non-public sector organizations in the UK.

Microsoft also admitted to finding a malicious SolarWinds Orion application on the company’s network.

Kevin Mandia, CEO of FireEye, described the attack group as `an organization with very sophisticated attack techniques, carefully deleting access history and traces that can show what information they have extracted. They

US President Donald Trump has not yet spoken about the campaign.

`They are working hard to minimize damage and ensure the country is safe. We won’t go into too much detail because we don’t want to tell our opponents what we are doing to counter this,` Morgenstern said.

According to Reuters, because US President Trump’s administration did not provide details about the attack, hacker information also targeted small organizations outside the US, causing cybersecurity teams around the world to race to protect them.

Shares of cybersecurity companies such as FireEye, Palo Alto Networks and Crowdstrike Holdings also rose sharply on December 18 after investors bet that a series of disclosures from Microsoft and others would spur demand.

According to AP, security experts consider this to be the largest attack on the US in the past decade and hackers may have stolen many important government secrets.

On December 17, President-elect Joe Biden vowed to make those behind it pay a heavy price immediately after taking office.

A senior US official said no decision had been made on how to respond or who was responsible for the attack.

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