United States Security Breached After Widespread Cyber Attack

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There was once a time when covert warfare was carried out by the world’s most intelligent spies and informants but in today’s digital world anyone with a computer and the technological know-how could hack into a country’s security via cyberspace.

And while this may not seem like the kind of war you learned about in your high school history class the death and destruction that comes from this kind of fight can affect us all for years or even decades into the future. With cyber warfare today, the goal isn’t to cause widespread panic with terroristic acts of violence and immediate casualties but, rather, the destabilization of your enemies from within.

Russia could be the world’s leading adversary in this sort of offensive and is now being accused of a major cyber attack here in the United States.

A suspected Russian hack of internal U.S. Treasury Department emails have sparked fears among domestic intelligence that other government agencies could be at risk, according to people familiar with the matter.

Three unnamed sources familiar with an investigation told the Associated Press on Sunday that Russia is believed to have been behind the cyber attacks. U.S. officials have yet to release details publicly, including who is suspected to be behind the hack, beyond confirming that a breach has occurred. The Commerce Department said that one of its agencies was targeted, and the FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are currently investigating the incident.

Two unnamed sources told the outlet that the hackers entered U.S. systems through updates released by SolarWinds, a software company based in Austin, Texas that also provides services to the White House, Pentagon and NASA, according to their website. Additionally, the company provides services to the country’s leading telecommunications providers, as well as “more than 425 of the U.S. Fortune 500.”

Experts have determined that the attack was “highly sophisticated”, and that the effects could be devastating to a multitude of high-level government organizations.

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