Post a Free Blog

Submit A Press Release

Monday, February 26, 2024
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors
Filter by Categories
Action
ATP Tour (ATP)
Auto Racing
Baseball
Basketball
Boxing
Breaking News
Business
Business
Business Newsletter
Call of Duty (CALLOFDUTY)
Canadian Football League (CFL)
Car
Celebrity
Champions Tour (CHAMP)
Comedy
CONCACAF
Counter Strike Global Offensive (CSGO)
Crime
Defense of the Ancients (DOTA)
Documentary and Foreign
Drama
eSports
European Tour (EPGA)
Fashion
FIFA
FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC)
FIFA World Cup (FIFA)
Fighting
Football
Formula 1 (F1)
Fortnite
Golf
Health
Hockey
Horror
IndyCar Series (INDY)
International Friendly (FRIENDLY)
League of Legends (LOL)
LPGA
Madden
Major League Baseball (MLB)
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
MLS
Movie and Music
Movie Trailers
Mystery
NASCAR Cup Series (NAS)
National Basketball Association (NBA)
National Football League (NFL)
National Hockey League (NHL)
National Women's Soccer (NWSL)
NBA Development League (NBAGL)
NBA2K
NCAA Baseball (NCAABBL)
NCAA Basketball (NCAAB)
NCAA Football (NCAAF)
NCAA Hockey (NCAAH)
Olympic Mens (OLYHKYM)
Other
Other Sports
Overwatch
PGA
Politics
Premier League (PREM)
Romance
Sci-Fi
Science
Soccer
Sports
Sports
Technology
Tennis
Truck Series (TRUCK)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
US
Valorant
Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA)
Women’s NCAA Basketball (WNCAAB)
World
World Cup Qualifier (WORLDCUP)
WTA Tour (WTA)
Xfinity (XFT)
XFL
-- Advertisement --spot_img
HomeBusinessCyber Attack on U.S. Government Computer Systems, Russian Mastermind Suspected

Cyber Attack on U.S. Government Computer Systems, Russian Mastermind Suspected

 

 

The computer systems U.S. Treasury Department have been attacked by hackers, and it is the work of Russian hackers working for the Kremlin, reports say.   The hacking has taken place in the Treasury and Commerce departments’ systems.

There is every possibility that this attack has been there for several months before it was detected, say U.S. officials and media reports.

The U.S. government, acknowledging the breach, revealed that investigations are under way for a full assessment.

The hackers are supposed to have broken into the email systems at the Treasury and Commerce departments. However, the full extent of the breach is being assessment amidst fears of the extent of the penetration. The hackers may have penetrated other government departments as well and there is fear that private companies may also be under the radar.

The National Security Council and the Department of Homeland Security provided few details about the cyber attack.

“We have been working closely with our agency partners regarding recently discovered activity on government networks,” said NSC spokesman John Ullyot. “The United States government is aware of these reports, and we are taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to this situation.”

Though the U.S. government has not mentioned Russia or any other party in the attack, Russia’s SVR had been blamed in the cyber attack that had taken place in 2014-15, when unclassified email systems at the State Department, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the White House.

An emergency directive was called for and all federal civilian agencies were asked to review their computer networks for any signs of the compromise. They were asked to disconnect from all SolarWinds Orion products immediately.

Reports say that the hackers have used a “supply chain attack” method that embeds malicious code into software updates.

“The compromise of SolarWinds’ Orion Network Management Products poses unacceptable risks to the security of federal networks,” CISA’s Acting Director Brandon Wales said in a statement. “Tonight’s directive is intended to mitigate potential compromises within federal civilian networks, and we urge all our partners – in the public and private sectors – to assess their exposure to this compromise and to secure their networks against any exploitation.”

SolarWinds, based in Austin, Texas, put out its own statement saying it was aware that its systems were experiencing a “highly sophisticated, manual supply chain attack” on certain versions of its Orion platform software that it had released between March and June of 2020.

“We have been advised this attack was likely conducted by an outside nation-state and intended to be a narrow, extremely targeted, and manually executed attack, as opposed to a broad, system-wide attack,” the company said.

Kevin Thompson, SolarWinds president and CEO, said in a statement shared with NPR that the company is “acting in close coordination with FireEye, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the intelligence community, and other law enforcement to investigate these matters. As such, we are limited as to what we can share at this time.”

Russia has denied any involvement in the current cyber attack.

“As for the rest, if there have been attacks for many months, and the Americans could not do anything about it, it is probably not worth immediately groundlessly blaming the Russians. We didn’t have anything to do with it,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

 

Source NPR

Photo Pixabay

Subscribe to get Latest News Updates

Latest News Articles

You may like more
more

Warner Bros Discovery misses Q4 revenue, profit estimates, share fall 10 percent

Warner Bros. Discovery announced fourth-quarter results, and its earnings,...

Vice Media to stop publishing content on website, to slash hundreds of jobs

Vice Media Group was once an award-winning website but...

Warner Bros. Discovery Shares Plunge 13 percent on Q4 Miss

Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ:WBD) announced its fourth-quarter results that...