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Politics Federal judiciary likely compromised as part of SolarWinds hack

21:55  07 january  2021
21:55  07 january  2021 Source:   thehill.com

What we must do to prevent the next SolarWinds hack

  What we must do to prevent the next SolarWinds hack Our cybersecurity sensors were set to detect what we know, but not prepared to detect what we didn’t know.In the aftermath of the SolarWinds attack, we have learned that the sensors on our information networks were prepared to detect the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) we knew our adversaries previously used against the United States. The challenge is that the likely actor responsible for this hack - the Russian hacking group known as APT29, or Cozy Bear - used novel TTPs, ones we had not seen before and for which we were unprepared. The sensors were set to detect what we know, but not prepared to detect what we didn't know.

As part of its response, the government put into effect Presidential Policy Directive 41, an Obama-era plan for executing a Federal Government response to CISA issued a directive late Sunday that tech company SolarWinds was compromised and it posed "unacceptable risks to the security of federal

Russians were likely behind the SolarWinds hack that breached U.S. government networks, according to a joint statement issued by several U.S. agencies on Tuesday. The joint statement was issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Office of

The U.S. federal judiciary reported this week that it had suffered an "apparent compromise" as part of the recently discovered Russian hack of IT company SolarWinds.

a clock on the side of a building: Federal judiciary likely compromised as part of SolarWinds hack © istock Federal judiciary likely compromised as part of SolarWinds hack

In a statement published to the U.S. Courts' website on Wednesday afternoon, the judiciary noted that its Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system had suffered "an apparent compromise" that threatened confidentiality due to vulnerabilities linked to the hack of SolarWinds.

The statement noted that the judiciary is working with the Department of Homeland Security to carry out a full security audit and noted that steps were being taken to ensure the CM/ECF system was not further compromised.

SolarWinds hack may have been much wider than first thought

  SolarWinds hack may have been much wider than first thought The scope of the SolarWinds hack keeps growing. The New York Times has conducted interviews indicating that the allegedly Russia-backed campaign was much further-reaching than initially believed. Where the intruders allegedly scouted ‘just’ a few dozen government and corporate networks, it now looks like up to 250 networks fell victim to the hack. The perpetrators took advantage of multiple supply chain layers, according to the report. ThereThere also appear to have been multiple failures in defense. Cyber Command and the NSA reportedly planted early warning systems in foreign networks to detect attacks, but those appear to have failed.

Many federal agencies along with the majority of U.S. Fortune 500 companies are counted among SolarWinds customers, with the Department of Top Treasury Department officials had their emails compromised as part of the hack beginning in July according to CNN, with other consequences of

The hacking effort, which US intelligence agencies said likely originated in Russia on Tuesday, has hit several federal agencies as well as private businesses, all of whom were customers of IT Digital intruders reportedly accessed Justice Department emails as part of the sweeping SolarWinds hack .

"Due to the nature of the attacks, the review of this matter and its impact is ongoing," the judiciary wrote. "Under the new procedures announced today, highly sensitive court documents (HSDs) filed with federal courts will be accepted for filing in paper form or via a secure electronic device, such as a thumb drive, and stored in a secure stand-alone computer system. These sealed HSDs will not be uploaded to CM/ECF."

James Duff, secretary of the Judicial Conference of the United States, said in a statement on Wednesday that "the federal Judiciary's foremost concern must be the integrity of and public trust in the operation and administration of its courts."

The judicial branch announced the potential breach the same day the Department of Justice confirmed it has been compromised as part of the attack on SolarWinds, with an agency spokesperson announcing Wednesday that around 3 percent of employee emails had been accessed. The Justice Department has around 100,000 employees.

Intel agencies say massive cyberattack was 'likely Russian in origin'

  Intel agencies say massive cyberattack was 'likely Russian in origin' The government says that under 10 U.S. agencies were affected. "This work indicates that an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actor, likely Russian in origin, is responsible for most or all of the recently discovered, ongoing cyber compromises of both government and non-governmental networks," the FBI, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Administration, and Office of Director of National Intelligence said in a joint statement. "At this time, we believe this was, and continues to be, an intelligence gathering effort. We are taking all necessary steps to understand the full scope of this campaign and respond accordingly.

A widespread cyber hack compromising federal government systems and thousands of public and private networks is “ likely Russian in origin” and believed The group’s investigation “indicates that an Advanced Persistent Threat actor, likely Russian in origin, is responsible for most or all of the recently

Hackers responsible for the SolarWinds cyberattack aimed at a number of federal agencies and companies were able to access the email accounts of The DOJ said Wednesday that about 3% of the departments’ Microsoft Office 365 email accounts were compromised in the hack , which analysts

Other agencies impacted by the hack, which has been ongoing since as early as March, include the Treasury Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and the Energy Department's National Nuclear Administration Administration.

But the number of affected organizations is far higher, with SolarWinds reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission last month that around 18,000 of its customers had been impacted. The company counts the majority of U.S. Fortune 500 companies as customers, along with much of the federal government.

A federal coalition formed to investigate the hack - made up of the FBI, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Agency and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency - earlier this week formally blamed Russia for the hack in a joint statement.

While the statement was put out on behalf of President Trump, he has only publicly addressed the cybersecurity incident once, tweeting in December that China may have been behind the SolarWinds hack instead.

Both the Chinese and Russian governments have denied involvement, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Attorney General William Barr have previously said Russia was behind the incident. President-elect Joe Biden described the attack on SolarWinds as "grave threat to our national security."

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