SolarWinds May Have Been Targeted Earlier Than Previously Believed, Official Says

SolarWinds Targeted Earlier Than Previously Believed, Report Says

( – Cybersecurity is at the forefront of the nation’s attention in the wake of recent attacks and potential breaches involving American assets over the last few years. Election officials and auditors are still working to determine if outside groups or nation-states interfered in the 2020 presidential election.

The most recent major cyberattack targeted America’s largest pipeline, setting off fuel supply shortages and driving gasoline prices past $3.00 per gallon. It cost Colonial Pipeline $4.4 million in ransom money to regain control of its computer system.

New information regarding the 2019/2020 attack on SolarWinds is raising serious questions for American government officials, intelligence services, and law enforcement agencies to consider. The Biden administration has put itself at the center of the SolarWinds debate as well.

Hackers Breached SolarWinds Systems

The Washington Post reported in December 2020 that a group of hackers had breached multiple government agencies by gaining illicit access to SolarWinds using malware attached to Orion software systems updates.

The hackers managed to breach the US Department of Commerce, the Treasury Department and multiple other government agencies. The Securities and Exchange Commission reported that a stunning 18,000 of 300,000 SolarWinds users were affected by the hack.

Hackers Targeted SolarWinds Months Before Previous Estimates

On May 19, SolarWinds CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna admitted that hackers may have breached the company’s system as early as January 2019. He made this revelation during an open discussion at this year’s RSA Conference, which is reportedly the world’s “leading information security” gathering.

As Ramakrishna explained, the hackers used “extremely sophisticated” systems that allowed them “to hide in plain sight.”

Deemed by experts to be an act of cyber espionage, the hack prompted the Biden administration to make cybersecurity one of its major focal points. The fact hackers were able to breach the Colonial Pipeline project earlier this month calls the effectiveness of those administration efforts into question.

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