Cybersecurity experts connect US SolarWinds attack with Russian hackers

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What is the SolarWinds cyber-attack?

The SolarWinds attack, which took place last month, was one of the biggest online security breaches in US history as 18,000 users of software produced by SolarWinds, including US government agencies, were affected.

Following the attack, US authorities had blamed Russia for the attack, claiming that the threat was “likely Russian in origin”, and now these allegations have been backed.

Kaspersky’s findings

A Moscow-based cybersecurity company, Kaspersky, have uncovered that some of the malicious code employed against the US government in this attack overlaps with code previously used by suspected Russian hackers.

Kaspersky experts confirmed that they had found various specific code similarities between this attack and known versions of Kazuar backdoors, the type of malware that provides remote access to a victim’s machine.

Despite this, the cybersecurity investigators could not confirm that this attack came from the same Russian group, although the fact that this code seems to be Russian lines up with the US’s allegations. The cybersecurity experts confirmed that they had found various specific code similarities between this attack and known versions of Kazuar backdoors, the type of malware that provides remote access to a victim’s machine.

Moscow have denied playing any part in the attack.

What does this mean for you?

Whilst you or your business may not be as big of a target to hackers as the US government, the number of hackers who are out looking to steal your details online is growing, rapidly.

These hackers are becoming more intelligent and finding new ways all the time to breach information, making it increasingly important to ensure that you’re working safely online.

Whilst antivirus software is doing all it can to stay ahead of these hackers, there has been an increase in online security breaches including Ransomware attacks, in which hundreds of millions are being affected every year.

Read more about Ransomware and how you can stay safe against online hackers here.

If you have any further enquiries, please give the Nybble team a call on 0330 0020885 or email us at enquiries@nybble.co.uk.

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