SolarWinds Orion hacked causing wide-scale compromise

The Gleaner published an online article on December 18, 2020, about Little-Known SolarWinds Gets Scrutiny Over Hack, Stock Sales.

SolarWinds is a Texas-based software company specializing in computer network monitoring services to major corporations and government agencies.

Key points:

  • It has been revealed that elite cyberspies have been secretly exploiting SolarWinds software and peering into computer networks.
  • The company began to alert its users, suspecting that this breach was caused by Russia uploading malicious codes into the updated version of Orion.
  • FireEye was the first to notice this breech.
  • The Department of Homeland Security has directed all federal agencies to remove all software that has been compromised.
  • Democratic Senator Dick Durbin told CNN “This is virtually a declaration of war by Russia on the United States, and we should take that seriously”.
  • The compromised product accounts for almost half of the company’s annual revenue.
  • There has been a 23% decrease in its stocks at the beginning of the week. SolarWinds’s rating is on the verge of being downgraded.
  • The breach began as early as March, customers would have unknowingly installed the updates which gave the intruders access to their corporate network.

 

Reference: jamaica-gleaner.com


Contributed by Kyle Sterling from Jamaica. Kyle is a member of our Caribbean Cyber Support Team (CCST) initiative on Discord. CCST is a collaborative group on the Discord platform for Caribbean people interested in IT, from beginners to experts.

If you’re from the Caribbean, learn more and join the group by visiting caribbeancst.org.

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