Sat Dec 19th, 2020 at 10:17:23 AM EST
Meanwhile inside the White House, candles are burning late ...
SolarWinds Hack: How Sunburst Hackers Infiltrated Highest Levels of US Government
What neither SolarWinds nor the IT workers knew was that the new version of the software was laced with a malicious form of malware that would grant hackers "god-view" access to any infected networks.
The hack, known as Sunburst, may have happened in the spring but the groundwork for the attack most likely began much earlier. In order to booby-trap the pop-up, the hackers first needed to gain access to SolarWinds' computer systems.
In a security advisory published this week, SolarWinds described it as a "very sophisticated" attack that "could potentially allow an attacker to compromise the server" of the victims, meaning sensitive information would have already been exposed.
It is expected to take months to uncover the full extent of the attack, with forensic investigations aiming to figure out which emails, files and other data were accessed, and whether they were copied or transmitted to other systems.
Microsoft identifies AT LEAST 40 government agencies and companies targeted in 'nine-month long Russian' hack that breached US nuclear agencies and warns it will rise 'substantially' - as feds say attack poses 'grave threat'
⭕️ the stated "Russian" hack is disputed, no evidence yet
Suspected Russian hack: Was it an epic cyber attack or spy operation?
So what's new? What the West introduced can be returned like an Aussie boomerang ... Russian scientists may lack applications, their theoretical level is unmatched.
Applying Irregular Warfare Principles to Cyber Warfare