US government to respond to SolarWinds hackers in weeks

SolarWinds

The Biden White House will respond “in weeks, not months” to the perpetrators of the SolarWinds hack, who used the US tech company as a springboard to compromise a raft of US government agencies, a senior administration official has said.

“The third part of what we are doing about it is responding to the perpetrators of the attack. You can expect further announcements on that in weeks, not months,” said the official, who declined to be named, in a telephone briefing arranged with reporters.

The operation, which was identified in December and which the US government has said was likely orchestrated by Russia, breached software made by SolarWinds, giving hackers access to thousands of companies and government offices that used its products.

SOPHISTICATED ATTACK

Microsoft President Brad Smith described the attack as “the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen.”

The senior official also noted that most of the nine federal government agencies compromised by the SolarWinds hack have completed an independent review and those that have not will finish one by the end of March.

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The hacking, which also impacted 100 private companies, used corrupted SolarWinds code and weaknesses in Microsoft’s identity-management tools.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to a growing list of other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Alexandra Alper, Nandita Bose and Joseph Menn. Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Cynthia Osterman.

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