US cyber agency says SolarWinds hackers ‘affect’ the state, local authorities

The U.S. cyber-security agency said Wednesday that a comprehensive cyber-espionage campaign released earlier this month is affecting state and local governments, though it has released only a few further details.

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The hacking campaign, which used the US technology company SolarWinds as a springboard to penetrate federal government networks, “affected corporate networks across federal, state and local governments as well as critical infrastructure entities and other private sector organizations,” the Cyber ​​Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said in a statement. statement published on its website.

CISA said last week that U.S. government agencies, critical infrastructure units and private groups were among those affected, but did not specifically mention state or local agencies. So far, only a handful of federal government agencies have officially confirmed that they have been affected, including the U.S. Treasury Department, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Energy.

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CISA did not identify the state or local agencies involved and did not immediately return an email with further details about the message.

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Reuters has previously reported that Pima County, Arizona was among the victims of the wave of intrusions.

The county did not immediately return a message requesting comment late Wednesday. The county’s Chief Information Officer previously told Reuters that his team had taken its SolarWinds software offline immediately after the hack became public, and that investigators had found no evidence of a further compromise.

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Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers have claimed Russia is to blame for the hacking storm, an accusation the Kremlin denies.

(Reporting by Raphael Satter; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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