According to Reuters, the National Finance Center (NFC) manages payroll for some US government offices.
Information on the case was passed on by anonymous sources, but the United States Department of Agriculture initially confirmed that it was a victim of hackers and those involved had already been notified. However, the agency reversed after the publication of the agency’s information, contrary to the confirmation issued by the department.
In one way or another, the attack was unrelated to other actions involving SolarWinds, in which hackers sabotaged a program update to include a spy program on the company’s customer network. In this new attack, a breach in the SolarWinds code was detected.
Another difference from this attack is that investigators suspect China’s involvement. In the case of previous invasions, the government of the United States has already spoken publicly, stating that it suspects spying action conducted by the Russians.
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China denied being responsible for any action, saying it condemned such actions, as well as criticizing the allegations without evidence. The country’s response is similar to that of Russia, which also denies responsibility for cyber espionage operations.
According to Reuters, hackers took advantage of weakening themselves in Orion to deepen access to the National Finance Center’s network.
Solarwind admitted that he was aware of a case in which the defect was used, but there has been no confirmation that the client who attacked was the US government. The company also claimed that the blame was exploited by the attackers after reaching the victim’s network.
Therefore, it is not known how the invaders would have gained early access that allowed them to locate the Orion breech.
The vulnerability to be used against the NFC was decided by SolarWinds in December. The company also released another update in January, which corrects several other security holes identified by Trustwave, a digital security consultant.
Since it emerged as a centerpiece in attacks against the US government and several technology companies, SolarWinds has strengthened with hiring its own security team.
In early January, SolarWinds announced that it would remove Chris Krebs, Trump, former director of the cybersecurity and infrastructure agency, and Alex Stamos, former director of Facebook security.
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