SolarWinds Hackers Are ‘Impacting’ US State And Local Governments, Says US Cyber Agency

The state and local government of the United States are being affected by the sprawling cyber espionage campaign that came out in the public domain earlier this month, said the US cyber security agency said on Wednesday.

The hacking campaign, which is suspected to have been carried out by hackers based or supported by Russia, made use of a US tech company SolarWinds and its software, a software uupdate from form the company that was laced with malware to be precise, to easily hack into the systems and networks of various departments and agencies of the US federal government.

The US Cyber security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said in a statement posted to its website that the hacking campaign was “impacting enterprise networks across federal, state, and local governments, as well as critical infrastructure entities and other private sector organizations”.

Among those who were affected by the hacking campaign included the US government agencies, critical infrastructure entities, and private groups, the CISA had said last week. However the agency did not specifically mention the names or identifies of any state or local body.

Official confirmation of having been affected by the hacking has so far been issued by only a handful of federal government agencies which includes the US Treasury Department, the Commerce Department, and the Department of Energy.

While not identifying the state or local agencies affected by the hacking, the CISA also did not offer any further comments to the media on the issue.

The victims of the wave of intrusions included Pima County, Arizona, according to previous reports in the media about the incident.

There have so far been no comments available on the reports from the county. In an interview or the news agency Reuters, the chief information officer of the country had previously said that the software from the US firm SolarWinds had been immediately taken off line by him and his team soon after the information of the cyber campaign had been made public and had added that investigations into the incident within the county had not revealed any further impact of the cyber attack campaign.

The blame of the planned and extensive cyber attack has been put on Russia by senior US officials and lawmakers. Russia has however vehemently denied such accusations.

(Adapted from Reuters.com)

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