Current affair diary 23/12/2020

SolarWinds hack

√The ‘SolarWinds hack’, a cyberattack recently discovered in the USA.

√It has emerged as one of the biggest ever targeted against the US government, its agencies and several other private companies.

√This is being called a ‘Supply Chain’ attack.

√Instead of directly attacking the federal government or a private organisation’s network, the hackers target a third-party vendor, which supplies software to them.

√In this case, the target was an IT management software called Orion, supplied by the Texas-based company SolarWinds.

√Orion has been a dominant software from SolarWinds with clients, which include over 33,000 companies.

√The hackers gained “access to victims via trojanized updates to SolarWinds’ Orion IT monitoring and management software.

√Once installed, the malware gave a backdoor entry to the hackers to the systems and networks of SolarWinds’ customers.



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