Biden Orders Intel Agencies to Provide Full Assessment of SolarWinds Hack

Just says into his leadership role, U.S. President Joe Biden has instructed U.S. intelligence agencies to provide him with a detailed assessment of the SolarWinds hack, which fueled a global cyber espionage campaign impacting many high-profile government agencies and businesses.

The U.S. government and others have said Russia is likely behind the highly sophisticated attack on SolarWinds.

“Even as we work with Russia to advance U.S. interests, so too we work to hold Russia to account for its reckless and adversarial actions,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a press briefing Thursday. “And to this end, the President is also issuing a tasking to the intelligence community for its full assessment of the SolarWinds cyber breach, Russian interference in the 2020 election, its use of chemical weapons against opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and the alleged bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.”

Continuous Updates: Everything You Need to Know About the SolarWinds Attack

In December, Biden said the perpetrators of the massive cyberattack on the US government must face consequences.

“We can’t let this go unanswered,” Biden said at the time. “That means making clear, and publicly, who is responsible for the attack and taking meaningful steps to hold them in account.”

“When I learn the extent of the damage and, in fact, who is formally responsible, they can be assured that we will respond, and probably respond in kind,” he added. “There are many options which I will not discuss now.”

Kaspersky recently found a link between the Sunburst malware and Kazuar, a piece of malware previously connected to a Russian cyberspy group known as Turla.

Symantec this week said the attackers leveraged a piece of malware named Raindrop for lateral movement and deploying additional payloads.

Related: SolarLeaks: Files Allegedly Obtained in SolarWinds Hack Offered for Sale

Related: Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against SolarWinds Over Hack

Related: SolarWinds Taps Ex-CISA Chief Chris Krebs, Former Facebook CSO Alex Stamos

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.

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