The US government has confirmed that its computer networks have been affected by a recent hacking campaign, noting that the attack was “significant and sustained”.
Hackers, allegedly working for Russia, monitored internal mail traffic at the US Treasury and Commerce Departments, Reuters reported earlier this week, citing individuals who expressed concerns that the hacker attacks identified so far may be the tip of the iceberg.
“This is an evolving situation, and as we try to understand the full scale of this campaign, we know that this compromise has affected networks within the federal government,” the FBI, Cyber Security and Infrastructure Protection Agency (CIPA) and FDA said in a joint statement. Director of National Intelligence (UDNR).
Tech company SolarWinds, which has become a key tool in the hands of hackers, said that up to 18,000 of its customers downloaded a compromised software update that allowed hackers to spy on companies and agencies without being noticed for nearly nine months.
“Over the past few days, the FBI, AKZI and UDNR have learned of a significant and long-term cybersecurity campaign,” the joint statement said.
“The FBI is investigating and collecting information to identify, prosecute and disrupt those responsible for creating threats,” the statement said.