U.S. cyber agency says SolarWinds hackers are 'impacting' state, local governments
By Raphael Satter
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Cyber Security Agency announced on Wednesday that a large-scale cyber espionage campaign released earlier this month is affecting state and local governments, although few additional details have been released.
The hacking campaign, in which US tech company SolarWinds acted as a springboard to penetrate federal government networks, impacted "federal, state, and local government corporate networks, and critical infrastructure companies and other private sector organizations." Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said in a statement posted on its website.
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CISA said last week that US government agencies, critical infrastructure facilities and private groups were among those affected, but made no explicit mention of government or local agencies. So far, only a handful of federal agencies have officially confirmed they have been affected, including the U.S. Treasury Department, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Energy.
CISA did not identify the state or local authorities concerned and did not return an email requesting additional details about the notice.
Reuters previously reported that Pima County, Arizona, was among the victims of the wave of intruders.
The county didn't immediately return a message late Wednesday asking for a comment. The district's chief information officer previously told Reuters that his team had taken the SolarWinds software offline immediately after the hack was published and that investigators had found no evidence of a further compromise.
Senior US officials and lawmakers have alleged Russia was responsible for the hacking Spree, an accusation the Kremlin denies.
(Reporting by Raphael Satter; editing by Christian Schmollinger and Raju Gopalakrishnan)
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