Microsoft's security team says the company's Office 365 suite of products did not serve as an initial entry point for the hackers who waged the SolarWinds supply chain attack. And SolarWinds' CEO says that no Office 365 vulnerability has been identified that would have opened the door to the attack.
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Alejandro Mayorkas, the newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, says his initial priorities include reviewing all available intelligence on the SolarWinds supply chain hack and scrutinizing the government's cybersecurity programs.
The National Counterintelligence and Security Center is calling attention to China's ongoing efforts to collect DNA data sets and other sensitive health data of Americans through hacking and other methods. It warns the data could be used to support surveillance or extortion efforts.
While many details about the SolarWinds Orion hack and full victim list remain unknown, experts have ascribed the apparent espionage campaign to Russia. Now, however, Reuters reports that a separate group of Chinese hackers was also exploiting SolarWinds vulnerabilities to hack targets.
Up to 30% of the organizations hit as part of the cyberespionage campaign waged by the hackers responsible for the SolarWinds supply chain attack did not use the company’s compromised software, says Brandon Wales, acting director of CISA. These victims were targeted in a variety of other ways, he says.
Microsoft researchers say that a North Korean hacking group that the company calls "Zinc" - which is better known as the Lazarus Group or Hidden Cobra - likely was responsible for targeting vulnerability researchers in an attempt to steal information via a backdoor.
Former Obama White House cybersecurity official Chris DeRusha has been appointed federal CISO by the Biden administration after having served as CISO for the Biden campaign. He joins a number of newly appointed officials who will have cybersecurity oversight.
North Korean hackers have been "targeting security researchers working on vulnerability research and development at different companies and organizations" to trick them into installing backdoored software that gives attackers remote access to their systems, warns Google's Threat Analysis Group.
Email security vendor Mimecast confirmed Tuesday that the hackers responsible for the SolarWinds supply chain hack also breached the security firm's network to compromise a digital certificate that encrypts data that moves between some of the firm's products and Microsoft's servers.
The new Biden administration has pledged to hold Russia accountable for its recent "reckless and adversarial" actions and has ordered a full-scale intelligence review of the SolarWinds hack. The moves signal the importance of cybersecurity to President Biden's national security agenda.
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Microsoft researchers are offering fresh details on the SolarWinds hackers' extensive efforts to remain hidden, which gave them more time to fully penetrate systems, move laterally through networks and exfiltrate data in follow-on attacks.