A hack into U.S. systems, presumably by Russian operatives, again brings to the surface concerns about President Donald Trump’s connections with Vladimir Putin and his unwillingness to stand up to the Russian dictator.
The Guardian reports that the hack began with a Texas company called SolarWinds. The company shared that hackers had found a “back door” into a software program provided to numerous major government agencies.
The agencies infiltrated include the commerce and treasury departments as well as the Pentagon, and the entities responsible may have been stealing information as early as March. Cybersecurity experts have identified the attacks as using tactics associated with Russian foreign intelligence methods.
The Hill reports that political leadership has responded to the attack, with Representative Adam Schiff, as House Intelligence Committee Chairman, calling for Congress to take action to protect the nation’s systems and agencies.
In a White House press briefing about the COVID-19 vaccine, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany responded about the hack when asked, briefly covering efforts to protect systems by shutting down systems using the programming that was compromised.
We’re taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to the situation. As one step in that process, CISA has issued an emergency directive on Sunday night for all federal civilian agencies to review their networks for indicators of compromise and disconnect or to power down SolarWinds, Orion products immediately.
She did not address Donald Trump’s response, but CNN‘s Jim Sciutto spoke to Senator Dick Durbin, who expressed concerns about Trump’s own connections to Russia and Vladimir Putin.
Blistering words from #2 Senate Democrat @SenatorDurbin to me on Russia hack just now, calls it “virtually a declaration of war” and says President Trump is “completely compromised” on Russia issues.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) December 16, 2020
Donald Trump has made no public statement, focusing instead on expressing his feelings about losing the 2020 election.
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