SolarWinds Hack: Is Russia To Blame?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the first U.S. official to publicly say Russia was involved.

Pompeo Points the Finger

Pompeo's finger point is in regards to the disclosure that Hackers Broke Into the US Treasury, Nuclear Agency, Microsoft, and 18,000 Companies

Security Breaches

  • US Treasury
  • Energy Department
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • State Department
  • Health and Human Services 
  • At least 18,000 corporations who downloaded SolarWinds updates
  • While 80% of the victim companies were based in the U.S., Microsoft said that targets were also hit in the U.K., Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Spain, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Pretty Clearly the Russians

We can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians,’ says Pompeo in a radio interview.

“This was a very significant effort, and I think it’s the case that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity,” Mr. Pompeo said in a Friday night interview with radio host Mark Levin.

“There was a significant effort to use a piece of third-party software to essentially embed code inside of U.S. government systems and it now appears systems of private companies and companies and governments across the world as well,” Mr. Pompeo said.

Government officials and cybersecurity experts have concluded that Russia is likely responsible for the hack in part due to the extreme skill involved as well as other classified clues, according to people familiar with the matter. A handful of senators who have received briefings in recent days have openly referred to it as a Russian operation.

Mr. Pompeo gave no indication of how President Trump, who leaves office on Jan. 20, might respond. Mr. Trump hasn’t addressed the hack publicly, drawing criticism from Democratic lawmakers and some cybersecurity experts.

“There are many things that you’d very much love to say, ‘Boy, I’m going to call that out,’ but a wiser course of action to protect the American people is to calmly go about your business and defend freedom,” Mr. Pompeo said.

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