Suspected Russian hack of U.S. government brings attention to obscure IT firm

published 16.12.2020 13:31

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The company earlier this week took down a web page that boasted of dozens of its best-known customers, from the White House, Pentagon and the Secret Service to the McDonald’s restaurant chain and Smithsonian museums.

The operation began at least as early as March, when SolarWinds customers who installed updates to their Orion software were unknowingly welcoming malicious hidden code that could give intruders the same view of their corporate network that in-house IT crews have.

The company began alerting about 33,000 of its customers Sunday that an “outside nation state" — widely suspected to be Russia — had found a back door into some updated versions of its premier product, Orion.

Before this week, few people were aware of SolarWinds, a Texas-based software company that provides vital computer network-monitoring services to corporations and government agencies around the world.

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