US government networks were affected by a cyberattack that affected multiple federal agencies, Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Director Jen Easterly confirmed Thursday.
According to News, CISA, a part of the Department of Homeland Security, previously identified a security breach in software that was believed to have been affected in an attack.
It is believed that a Electronic file transfer app MOVE it Transfer is the target of the broader cyber intrusion, an official said.
A spokesman for Mandi ant, the cyber intelligence arm of Google Cloud, said government data was stolen in the attack. CISA officials declined to say how many federal agencies were affected and would not say who was behind the attack.
Multiple U.S. federal agencies were reportedly the target of a global cyberattack that exploits software vulnerability.— The Hill (@thehill) June 16, 2023
Easterly minimized the gravity of the antique and said that the intrusion was not as damaging as the antique to SolarWinds that affected the System's government ales in 2020.
The hack carried out on the US firm SolarWinds, described as the largest-scale and most sophisticated computer attack ever seen, put the security systems of major firms and government agencies to the test.
In addition, in On that occasion, the attackers breached systems from companies including Microsoft, a leading provider of consumer computing products.
Although losses by affected firms were not detailed, the attack is estimated to have cost insurance companies at least $90 million.
However, the perpetrator on this occasion was described by a senior CISA official as “small” scope.
Federal authorities previously published a joint advisory noting that file-transfer software was vulnerable to attack. At the time, CISA and the FBI said the app was vulnerable to ransomware attacks in which data is locked or stolen and payment is demanded in return.
“The FBI, along with our partners at CISA, he works diligently to share information in a timely manner to allow organizations to better protect themselves from malicious cyber actors,” Bryan Vondra, deputy director of the FBI's cyber division, said last week.