Tag Archives: cyber attack

Senate Lawmakers Ask CISA, OMB to Submit Docs Amid Probe Into Recent Cyber Hacks

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Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio., ranking member of the Senate panel, have asked the federal government to provide information on its response to cyberattacks involving SolarWinds Orion and Microsoft Exchange. Portman and Peters asked DeRusha to provide information on the government’s current federal cybersecurity strategy

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Biden Extends 2015 Executive Order to Address Malicious Cyber Activities

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President Biden has moved to extend a 2015 executive order that declared a national emergency to deal with the threat posed by “significant malicious cyber-enabled activities” by persons located outside the U.S. Executive Order 13694 signed during the Obama administration will continue in effect past April 1st.

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NIST Releases Draft Cyber Guidelines to Ensure Election Infrastructure Security; Gema Howell Quoted

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued draft guidelines meant to help election officials protect election systems from cyber attacks. The Draft Cybersecurity Framework Election Infrastructure Profile applies the NIST Cybersecurity Framework’s principles to election platforms, including voting machines, voter registration databases and related networks.

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GAO: CISA Should Update Milestones to Advance Organizational Transformation Initiative Implementation

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) should set new expected dates of completion for tasks in the third phase of its organizational plan that are past their planned completion dates and prioritize tasks that are key to improving the mission effectiveness.

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Report: Suspected Chinese Hackers Targeted U.S. Payroll Agency Via Separate Bug in SolarWinds Orion Code

Cyber Attack

A group of suspected Chinese hackers used a vulnerability in SolarWinds software to breach U.S. government networks and a payroll agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Finance Center (NFC) - was one of the government organizations affected by the cyber attack. The NFC oversees the payroll of several federal agencies, including the FBI and the departments of the Treasury, State and Homeland Security, according to former officials. 

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CISA Warns Organizations of Techniques Used by Hackers to Compromise Cloud Services

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued an analysis report in response to cyber attacks on cloud services of various organizations. The agency also found that hackers take advantage of email forwarding rules created by users to gain access to sensitive data. CISA has recommended several measures to help organizations protect cloud environments.

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DoD Halts Joint Regional Security Stack Deployment on Classified Networks

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The Department of Defense’s (DoD) testing office said DoD has stopped the rollout of a $2 billion cybersecurity project called the Joint Regional Security Stack (JRSS) to classified networks due to its inability to help defenders safeguard component networks from “operationally realistic cyber attacks.” JRSS is intended to provide DoD with attack prevention, intrusion detection and other network security capabilities.

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Cyber Unified Coordination Group Provides Update on SolarWinds Orion Compromise

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The FBI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) issued a joint statement on Tuesday through the newly created cyber unified coordination group (UCG) to provide updates on an advanced persistent threat actor allegedly linked to Russia. 

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Rep. Adam Smith Raises Concerns Over Plans to End Dual-Hat Structure for NSA, Cybercom

Rep. Adam Smith

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), has warned leaders at the Department of Defense (DoD) against ending the dual-hat relationship between U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and the National Security Agency (NSA).

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Senators Ask FBI, CISA to Provide Details Over SolarWinds Orion Compromise

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A group of six senators has called on leaders of the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to respond to several questions with regard to a cyber vulnerability involving SolarWinds’ Orion Network Management products. The letter came days after CISA issued an emergency directive directing all agencies to immediately disconnect SolarWinds Orion products versions 2019.4 to 2020.2.1 HF1. 

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