Microsoft Research Reveals SolarWinds Hackers Stealthily Evaded Detection

Last week we had reported that SolarWinds was subject to a massive cyberattack and it had left the data of many organizations and government departments exposed and at stake.

The fallout continues as earlier this week US Senator Ron Wyden said that dozens of US Treasury email accounts were compromised. Both the US Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) have briefed the staff regarding the attack and have asked all to be vigilant and exercise added caution.

Since the cyberattack, the companies’ shares down by more than 30% and continues to fall.

Data compromised

As of now the attack on the US Treasury Department appears to be significant, however the attack on the IRS has not yet leaked any confidential data regarding the IRS or the taxpayers.

Ron Wyden in a tweet said that “dozens of email accounts” have been accessed, and stressed on the importance of cybersecurity and related activities.

Steve Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary, in an interview on CNBC’s Squawk On The Street, told Jim Cramer, “we do not see any break in into our classified systems. Our unclassified systems did have some access. I will say the good news is there’s been no damage, nor have we seen any large amounts of information displaced.” Investigations are ongoing with the involvement of the National Security Council and other Intel agencies.

Organizations affected

SolarWinds does not appear to be the only organization affected, with several other corporates such as Microsoft, FireEye and VMware have also come out and stated that they have been affected to various degrees.

Due to SolarWinds impressive list of clients, ranging from Fortune500 companies to government departments, the risk of very confidential data being leaked is quite high.

The other government departments that have confirmed a breach of their networks are:

  1. U.S. Department of the Treasury
  2. U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
  3. U.S. Department of State
  4. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) (Part of the U.S. Department of Health)
  5. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  6. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  7. U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
  8. Some US states (Specific states are undisclosed)

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