The "Sunburst" backdoor deployed in the breach of SolarWinds' Orion network monitoring tool uses some of the same code found in the "Kazuar" backdoor, which security researchers have previously tied to Russian hackers, the security firm Kaspersky reports.
Reacting to reports claiming hackers may have used JetBrains' TeamCity tool as an initial infection vector during the attack against SolarWinds, JetBrains CEO Maxim Shafirov says the company has not been contacted by investigators. But he says customer misconfiguration of TeamCity could have enabled a hack.
Mounting evidence points to the "serious compromise" of SolarWinds' Orion software having been an intelligence gathering operation "likely" run by Russia, according to U.S. government agencies probing the supply chain attack. It's the first official attack attribution to be issued by the Trump administration.
As investigators probe the SolarWinds hack, they're finding that the supply chain campaign appears to have deeply compromised more than the 50 organizations originally suspected. Meanwhile, the federal agencies overseeing the investigation now officially believe a Russian-linked hacking group is responsible.
Federal, state and local governments are among the many victims of the supply chain attack that backdoored the SolarWinds' Orion network-monitoring software, and victims "may need to rebuild all network assets" being monitored by the software, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warns.
He's commanded armed forces, directed the National Security Agency, and now he is president of vendor IronNet Cybersecurity. From this unique perspective, retired General Keith Alexander says the SolarWinds breach is "a call for action."
After a nearly two-month hiatus, the Emotet botnet recently sprung back to life with a fresh spamming and phishing campaign designed to spread other malware as secondary payloads, according to security researchers. The botnet has also been revamped to better avoid network defenses.
Lawmakers are pressing government agencies for answers following disclosures this week about an advanced persistent threat group's massive hacking campaign involving compromised SolarWinds Orion network management software. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday Russians "engaged in this activity."
Microsoft says it has removed malware related to an expansive hacking campaign that has ensnared thousands of organizations and U.S. government agencies. Meanwhile, CISA warns the SolarWinds Orion supply chain compromise may not be the only infection vector.
Following the discovery that attackers Trojanized SolarWinds' Orion software, expect the list of organizations that were running the backdoored network-monitoring tool to keep increasing. But with this being a suspected cyberespionage operation, attackers likely focused on only the juiciest targets.
What should incident responders grappling with the complex online attack campaign that successfully distributed a Trojanized version of SolarWinds Orion network monitoring software to customers focus on first? See these four essential alerts, which are already being updated.
The supply chain attack targeting SolarWinds was planned for months and intensified since the November election, says Tom Kellermann, head of cybersecurity strategy for VMware Carbon Black. "Unprecedented" is how he describes the scale of the attack and level of sophistication.