CyberScoop: More federal victims of SolarWinds hacking likely to come forward, CISA chief says

“The number of federal agencies confirmed to have been breached in a suspected Russian espionage campaign will likely increase as the investigation continues, the head of the U.S Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said.

‘The number [of federal victims] is likely to grow with further investigation,’ Brandon Wales, CISA’s acting director, said in an interview Friday. ‘That being said, we do believe that the number will remain extremely small because of the highly targeted nature of this campaign. And that is going to be true for both government and private-sector entities compromised.’

Wales is a career civil servant who found himself at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency in mid-November after President Donald Trump fired Chris Krebs. Wales has been quarterbacking CISA’s response to a sweeping breach of federal and corporate networks, in which suspected Russian hackers exploited the reach of software made by the contractor SolarWinds in a long-running spying operation.

As the investigation unfolds, Wales said, it is clear that his agency needs additional authorities and resources to prevent such a detrimental hack in the future. He called the hacking campaign ‘one of the most complex and challenging that this agency has ever faced in the cyber arena.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: More federal victims of SolarWinds hacking likely to come forward, CISA chief says – By Sean Lyngaas, January 11, 2021. CyberScoop.

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