Lawmakers are pressing government agencies for answers following disclosures this week about an advanced persistent threat group's massive hacking campaign involving compromised SolarWinds Orion network management software. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday Russians "engaged in this activity."
Intel and Cisco are among the thousands of SolarWinds Orion customers that were running a Trojanized version of the security software. FireEye, together with Microsoft and GoDaddy, have devised a "kill switch" to disrupt attackers' ability to access the malware on at least some infected systems.
A mighty effort is underway to figure out which organizations may have been deeply infiltrated by a suspected Russian hacking group following the SolarWinds hack. The hunt is difficult for many reasons, some experts say, and may never result in definitive answers about whether data was stolen.
In 2011, Sam Curry headed the response team for RSA's then-landmark breach. Today, as CSO at Cybereason, he looks at the SolarWinds supply chain attack and sees similarities - but also is struck by "the scale, the scope, the subtlety" of the incident.
Philip Reitinger has held senior cybersecurity leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. He's seen big breaches. And he says what he sees so far in the SolarWinds attack may be just the "tip of the iceberg" in terms of government and business entities that have been compromised.
Following the discovery that attackers Trojanized SolarWinds' Orion software, expect the list of organizations that were running the backdoored network-monitoring tool to keep increasing. But with this being a suspected cyberespionage operation, attackers likely focused on only the juiciest targets.
He was the first U.S. federal CISO, and before that he was an Air Force general. So when Gregory Touhill reacts to the coordinated supply chain attack on SolarWinds, he does so in military terms. His message to the global cybersecurity community: "Shields up."
What should incident responders grappling with the complex online attack campaign that successfully distributed a Trojanized version of SolarWinds Orion network monitoring software to customers focus on first? See these four essential alerts, which are already being updated.
The supply chain attack targeting SolarWinds was planned for months and intensified since the November election, says Tom Kellermann, head of cybersecurity strategy for VMware Carbon Black. "Unprecedented" is how he describes the scale of the attack and level of sophistication.
In light of the widespread apparent impact of the hack of SolarWinds' network management tools, it's time for a frank assessment of the lack of cybersecurity progress in recent years. Consider a "60 Minutes" report from 2015 - and where we're at today.
Five U.S. government agencies have been hit so far via a sophisticated supply chain attack. The intrusions appear linked to subverted software updates for SolarWinds' Orion network monitoring product, which is widely used by businesses and the U.S. government.
A 4GB data archive belonging to Panasonic India has been released by a hacker who waged an extortion plot. The company says no highly confidential data was revealed, but a look at the data suggests otherwise.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of why the FireEye breach is a wake-up call for the cybersecurity industry. Also featured: Monero cryptocurrency scams; key considerations for cloud security.
A Florida-based company that provides support services to hundreds of dental practices in 20 states says it's been hacked, exposing information - including payment card numbers - on more than 1 million patients.