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Why we should consider Russia’s hacking an act of war

Why we should consider Russia’s hacking an act of war
The recent massive data breaches of SolarWinds software and, by extension, multiple U.S. agencies — including the Departments of Homeland Security, Treasury and Commerce — have been reliably linked to the Russian intelligence agency known as the SVR, which has one of the most advanced cyberwarfare capabilities in the world. Referred to by cybersecurity experts as Russia’s “A team,” the Kremlin’s decision to unleash SVR on such critical American targets marks a significant escalation of Russia’s cyberattacks on the U.S.

agencies — including the Departments of Homeland Security, Treasury and Commerce — have been reliably linked to the Russian intelligence agency known as the SVR, which has one of the most advanced cyberwarfare capabilities in the world.cyberdefenses was so extensive that it even compromised the security of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).Among other important provisions, the NDAA would authorize the Department of Homeland Security to perform “network hunting” in all federal computer networks, an important first step towards enhanced cybersecurity.The recent massive data breaches of SolarWinds software and, by extension, multiple U.

What is currently known about this breach is that that the Russian malware was inserted in the updated SolarWinds software known as Orion IT, which means that nearly 18,000 users of this SolarWinds product have been affected, including 400 of this country’s Fortune 500 companies.The CISA has already issued an emergency directive ordering federal civilian agencies to remove SolarWinds software from their networks, but this will not be easy, and will not completely correct the damage that has already been done.

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