SolarWinds hackers targeted NASA, Federal Aviation Administration networks

SolarWinds hackers targeted NASA, Federal Aviation Administration networks

Posted February 23, 2021

SolarWinds hackers targeted NASA, Federal Aviation Administration networks

  • Hackers are said to have broken into the networks of U.S. space agency NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration as part of a wider espionage campaign targeting U.S. government agencies and private companies.
  • The two agencies were named by the Washington Post on Tuesday, hours ahead of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing tasked with investigating the widespread cyberattack.
  • It’s believed NASA and the FAA are the two remaining unnamed agencies of the nine government agencies confirmed to have been breached by the attack. The other seven include the Departments of Commerce, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice and State, the Treasury and the National Institutes of Health, though it’s not believed the attackers breached their classified networks.
  • Anne Neuberger, the former NSA cybersecurity director who last month was elevated to the White House’s National Security Council to serve as the deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology, said that the attack took “months to plan and execute,” and will “take us some time to uncover this layer by layer.”

– Zack Whittaker | February 23, 2021