‘Very difficult to defend’: What happens if hackers are inside the Pentagon’s networks?

‘Very difficult to defend’: What happens if hackers are inside the Pentagon’s networks?

Posted December 27, 2020

‘Very difficult to defend’: What happens if hackers are inside the Pentagon’s networks?

  • If Russian hackers suspected of a vast cybersecurity breach slipped into the Pentagon or military’s computer systems, the strength of protective network blockades is key to keeping them from burrowing in to try to access increasing amounts of information.
  • Overall, the Pentagon has been largely silent about the breach publicly as it works through the long process to assess fallout from the intrusion, saying early on that no breach had been detected yet, despite media reports that said the agency was among government offices compromised through widely used software from SolarWinds, a network management company.
  • Authorities believe that hackers had extensive access to some government or business networks for as long as nine months. With that time, could the hackers have figured out how to jump the air gap meant to block computer system users from accessing classified systems?

– Andrew Eversden, Joe Gould, and Mark Pomerleau | December 27, 2020