In a massive cyber attack, hackers infiltrated the systems of the US government and companies. The authorities in the country are now announcing: Russia is “probably” behind it. A motif is also mentioned.
US investigators have officially identified Russia as the alleged perpetrator of the latest massive hacker attack on American authorities and companies. According to previous knowledge, the aim of the break-in into the data networks was to collect information, the Federal Police FBI and the NSA eavesdropping service announced in a joint statement on Tuesday.
With their statement that “presumably” Russian hackers were at work, the security authorities are clearly against statements made by the outgoing President Donald Trump. After the attack became known, he claimed without any evidence that China could also have been behind it. Meanwhile, IT security experts Convinced of the Russian trail from the start – and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Justice Minister William Barr, who has since resigned, expressed their views accordingly.
Finance and energy ministries were affected, among other things
The large-scale attack was from the I.T security company FireEye, which was itself a target for the hackers, was exposed. The attackers had gained access to the networks using maintenance software from SolarWinds, which was used in many places, and had remained undetected for months. This is an embarrassing setback for American security services.
While a total of around 18,000 customers were affected by SolarWinds, not all of them had suspicious activities in the networks afterwards, the statement said on Tuesday. Among them were fewer than ten US government agencies. According to initial information, the hackers had broken into systems at the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy. One of the concerns afterwards was that they could have smuggled in attack software for attacks on the American power grid, for example.