17D_guy Posted December 14, 2020 Author Share Posted December 14, 2020 Alright ladies and Gentlemen, we got a big one today. So, first is news that the Tres was hacked (and probably a ton more agencies) - https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/russian-government-spies-are-behind-a-broad-hacking-campaign-that-has-breached-us-agencies-and-a-top-cyber-firm/ar-BB1bToak This is on the heels of the FireEye hack, and now it looks like Solar Winds (a network monitoring/management tool) was hacked leading to the access into the Fed. This is inline with the supply chain attack, similar to NotPetya a few years ago. So, you'll notice that the hack was discovered this weekend and agencies are already burning whatever tools there were that allowed allegedly Russia to get in. CISA, the "new" DHS agency that Chris Krebs was running before the orange dummy fired him, has come a long way and is doing a good job so far. This would have taken them weeks just a couple years ago. Now they've sped that up to hours after compromise report, with intel to check for. Pretty cool! In case you were wondering what Russia has to say about it - "The Russian Embassy in Washington on Sunday called the reports of Russian hacking “baseless.” In a statement on Facebook it said, “attacks in the information space contradict” Russian foreign policy and national interests. “Russia does not conduct offensive operations” in the cyber domain." Thoughts moving forward. I think this will be seen as another escalation in norms (like the OPM hack). I expect Trump's admin to do nothing as they continue pouting. I think that Biden is going to have a very interesting line to walk, but we will not see what comes out of it for about 2 years. With USCC stepping up their game, there could be legitimate cyber consequences (hit some type of clearly military infrastructure) and the usual financial sanctions/diplomats kicked out. Previous to Biden's admin, cyber responses to these actions have not been made public (usually) even though they are effective. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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