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Pentagon imposed an emergency shutdown of the computer network known as Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET) handling classified materials.
The unprecedented event comes earlier in the week after the revelations that Trojan Horse malware was inserted into the SolarWinds Orion Security software used by government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security.
BREAKING REPORT: Pentagon imposed EMERGENCY SHUTDOWN of computer network handling classified material...— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) December 15, 2020
SIPRNET, which handles classified information up to the secret level, was shut for several hours. Pentagon uses the network, just as how other government agencies use it.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other key federal agencies were breached. The Department of Defense (DOD) employees were notified of the shutdown due to an emergency software update.
Can confirm DHS has also been hacked in the SolarWinds attack. DHS is not currently acknowledging their breach publicly. With Commerce and Treasury, that's three confirmed agency intrusions.— Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) December 14, 2020
I'm also told national security agencies and defense contractors have been compromised.
What’s interesting is that the SolarWInds technology is also used in Dominion Voting Systems, which is known to show numerous glitches during the 2020 presidential elections.
CISA Director Brandon Wales on Monday stated that the “The compromise of SolarWinds Orion Network Management Products poses an unacceptable risk to the security of federal networks.”
“Tonight’s directive is intended to mitigate potential compromises within federal civilian networks, and we urge all our partners in the public and private sectors to assess their exposure to this compromise and to secure their networks against any exploitation,” he added.
“This has never happened in the middle of a workday,” one Pentagon official said. “Updates usually are done on weekends and after hours late at night. This was done on an emergency basis.”
The shutdown lasted for several hours and was applied only to computers handling the classified information.
US authorities expressed growing concern on the cyber-attack worldwide and suspected that it was carried out by Russia.
Hey, @CISAgov - please again tell the American people how secure this election was. You couldn’t even detect a massive breach of your own systems. @C_C_Krebs any comment? Care to retract? https://t.co/WIH49OYHbA— Tracy Beanz (@tracybeanz) December 14, 2020
“There is concern within the U.S. intelligence community that the hackers who targeted the Treasury and the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration used a similar tool to break into other government agencies, according to four people briefed on the matter,” reported Citizen Free Press about the latest developments.
China and Russia may have any involvement in the hacking incident but propaganda may cover up China’s motives completely. SolarWinds Orion hack is the latest manifestation of communist Chinese aggression against the United States.
The extent of the hack proposes a threat to the infrastructure that runs today’s world. This concerns the administration who are vaguely referring to “a foreign government” as the offender which is likely to be communist China based on what transpired in the past year.
Is Russia responsible for the hack, or is communist China to blame?