Why the US government hack is literally keeping security experts awake at night

Why the US government hack is literally keeping security experts awake at night

Posted December 16, 2020

Why the US government hack is literally keeping security experts awake at night

  • “I woke up in the middle of the night last night just sick to my stomach,” said Theresa Payton, who served as White House Chief Information Officer under President George W. Bush. “On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m at a 9 — and it’s not because of what I know; it’s because of what we still don’t know.”
  • On Sunday evening, the Commerce Department acknowledged it had been hit by a data breach after Reuters first reported that sophisticated hackers compromised the agency through a third-party software vendor known as SolarWinds.
  • Experts are increasingly questioning the reliance of many businesses on just a handful of third-party vendors, and saying that perhaps society makes it a little too easy for data to be accessed or shared, particularly during a pandemic when working remotely is normal for countless individuals.

CNN Business – Brian Fung | December 16, 2020