(RepublicanReport.org) – In April of this year, evidence came to light of a massive data breach involving SolarWinds, a Texas-based IT firm. Criminals had used SolarWinds’ system to access private data belonging to many of the company’s clients, including US federal agencies. The attack took place in 2020, but the authorities did not unearth it for months. Now, the scale of the potential damage is starting to become apparent.
Reports have emerged that the hackers could have accessed US policies on sanctioning Russians, counterintelligence, investigation data, and American strategies on the management of COVID-19.
— Gadgets 360 (@Gadgets360) October 8, 2021
Nine federal agencies suffered breaches. Investigators previously announced the hackers had gained access to certain Justice Department networks and read emails from other government departments. Now, it appears the breach may have been more serious as far as the federal government is concerned.
The Russian foreign intelligence service SVR rejects the assertion that it had anything to do with the hacks.
Many publicly traded companies that suffered breaches have been reluctant to share any details about the hacked information. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) probe into the hack reportedly left many senior executives worried about whether they would incur liability when specific details of their businesses came to light. That probe is ongoing.
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