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SolarWinds Hack: A cyberattack discovered in the USA

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  • December 22, 2020
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SolarWinds Hack: A cyberattack discovered in the USA

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Cybersecurity

In news

  • 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. 
  • It is likely a global cyberattack.

Key takeaways 

  • 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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