USA is still at the beginning of processing hacker attacks


The US is currently investigating a hacker attack on US government institutions and companies. US security authorities suspect Russia. The processing will probably still take “a few months”, they say.

According to its own statements, the US government is still at the beginning of processing the large-scale hacker attack on American government institutions and companies, which the US security authorities suspect Russia is behind. “We are in the early stages to understand the full extent,” said Anne Neuberger of the National Security Council on Wednesday in the White House in Washington. She reckons that it will take “a few more months” before the investigation is completed.

In December it became known that the US government had been the target of a large-scale hacker attack. The hackers had penetrated the systems of various ministries, federal agencies, but also companies. The attackers had gained access to the networks using maintenance software from SolarWinds, which was used in many places, and had remained undetected for months. This is an embarrassing setback for American security services.

Neuberger said that they are working on reconstructing the cyber attack piece by piece, finding the attackers and removing them from the systems. The hackers were extremely adept. Presumably Russia is behind it. Until the authorship has been finally clarified, one will stick to this formulation.

Attack on several government agencies and around 100 companies

As things stand, the hackers have broken into the systems of nine government agencies and around 100 companies. However, it cannot be ruled out that there are other people affected, especially among technology companies. In parallel to the investigation of the cyber attack, the government is working to close security gaps. Concrete steps will be announced soon.

In addition, discussions were already underway about an answer to the attack. Neuberger emphasized that this was not the first cyber attack by Russian attackers on the US or allies. When choosing the countermeasures, these actions would be considered holistically.

The US agency for cyber and infrastructure security (Cisa) had classified the hacking attack in December as “serious danger” for the federal government, for state and local governments, for critical infrastructure and for private sector organizations, and declared that the attack was ongoing at least since March. US security services previously identified Russia as the alleged perpetrator and spoke of an “ongoing” attack.


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