Intel, Nvidia, and Cisco among companies affected by SolarWinds hack

midian182

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Why it matters: The SolarWinds hack has drawn a lot of attention over its effect on numerous US agencies, but the Russian government-blamed attack is widespread in scope, hitting a list of tech companies that include Intel and Nvidia.

Last week brought news that multiple federal government agencies, including the US Treasury and Commerce departments, had been compromised after installing a booby-trapped update for network monitoring software SolarWinds Orion.

It’s believed that hackers working at the behest of the Russian government breached SolarWinds and deployed the malware-packed update. Codenamed Sunburst, the attack is believed to have been used in the breach on cybersecurity giant FireEye.

The Wall Street Journal now reports that at least two dozen organizations installed the Orion update, including Intel, Nvidia, VMware, and Belkin. SolarWinds notes that “fewer than 18,000” companies were impacted by the hack, which allowed attackers “potential access to much sensitive corporate and personal data.”

SolarWinds says it traced the hackers’ activity back to October 2019. There have also been reports of another, less sophisticated group, not related to the Russian attackers, breaking into the company using the same exploit.

The named companies are investigating, and there is no evidence that they were negatively impacted; it’s possible that government agencies were the primary target, and these firms happen to use the same Orion software. Nevertheless, it’s still a worrying development, especially given the difficulty that comes with ensuring hackers can no longer access a network following an initial breach.

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Danny101

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That's why you have in-house development, especially for GOVERNMENT agencies. How dumb can they be? Apparently, this dumb.
 

Bullwinkle M

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"The Russian hack extended beyond US government agencies"
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Really???

What "EVIDENCE" do you have that it was a "RUSSIAN" hack ?

Without "EVIDENCE", this is just a politically motivated conspiracy theory

Put up or shut up!
 
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duckofdeath

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"The Russian hack extended beyond US government agencies"
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Really???

What "EVIDENCE" do you have that it was a "RUSSIAN" hack ?

Without "EVIDENCE", this is just a politically motivated conspiracy theory

Put up or shut up!

It's safe to say it wasn't an American citizen. Simply because you'd be insane to do this and know you'll spend the rest of your life in prison WHEN caught. Russia is most likely the prime suspect thanks to their track record. That said, I do personally think this has more of an m.o. of something China would do. The scale of it all and blatant disregard of repercussions.
 

Bullwinkle M

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Russia is most likely the prime suspect thanks to their track record. That said, I do personally think this has more of an m.o. of something China would do. The scale of it all and blatant disregard of repercussions.
Even if it was China - Techspot, CNN, USA Today, Wired, NBC, NPR and others should avoid making accusations until they have some evidence
 
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duckofdeath

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Even if it was China - Techspot, CNN, USA Today, Wired, NBC, NPR and others should avoid making accusations until they have some evidence
The media is just reporting what they're told. That's how news works. It's people like Pompeo, the ones with supposed inside information, who should calm down a bit. But, that's unfortunately how the US "administration" works these days.
 

texasrattler

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"The Russian hack extended beyond US government agencies"
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Really???

What "EVIDENCE" do you have that it was a "RUSSIAN" hack ?

Without "EVIDENCE", this is just a politically motivated conspiracy theory

Put up or shut up!
Because they were traced back to Russia hence why they are saying it was a Russian hack. Not hard to read a article. This is also the 2nd article on this, maybe the 1st one had more details. Either way it clearly said the hack was traced which means they know the where it started/came from.
You do know that you can trace a computers footprint. Everything these days leaves a digital print, which is how you can trace where a attack came from.
 

havok585

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Because they were traced back to Russia hence why they are saying it was a Russian hack. Not hard to read a article. This is also the 2nd article on this, maybe the 1st one had more details. Either way it clearly said the hack was traced which means they know the where it started/came from.
You do know that you can trace a computers footprint. Everything these days leaves a digital print, which is how you can trace where a attack came from.

The same NSA tools that made hacking tools signatures to look it came from whichever country they desire.

Hard proof required, just blame it on X.

Laughable.
 

Bullwinkle M

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Because they were traced back to Russia hence why they are saying it was a Russian hack. Not hard to read a article. This is also the 2nd article on this, maybe the 1st one had more details. Either way it clearly said the hack was traced which means they know the where it started/came from.
You do know that you can trace a computers footprint. Everything these days leaves a digital print, which is how you can trace where a attack came from.
aaaaaand completely untrue!

They said they traced the hackers activity back to October 2019, not to Russia

It's not hard to read the article
 
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Danny101

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People forget that hackers can make an attack look like it's coming from anywhere through spoofing. Evidence will be shaky at best.
 

texasrattler

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aaaaaand completely untrue!

They said they traced the hackers activity back to October 2019, not to Russia

It's not hard to read the article
apparently you cant read as I said this was the 2nd article on this, the first one had more details. also a trace shows the origin of where the attack came from which was concluded to be Russia.