Day Nine of the SolarWinds Crisis: Treasury Department Breach Confirmed

A slew of high-tech firms infected by malware, Former SolarWinds adviser claims he warned of security problems, Microsoft publishes critical guidance

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Dozens of email accounts at the U.S. Treasury Department were breached as part of the SolarWinds hack, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) said, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed, saying the hackers penetrated only the unclassified network.

Microsoft and not the U.S. intelligence agencies informed the Treasury Department of the email breach. (Raphael Satter / Reuters)

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The reach of infected victims of the SolarWinds hack extends to at least two dozen organizations, including top technology giants Cisco Systems, Intel, Nvidia, Deloitte LLP, VMware, and Belkin.

The hackers were also able to install surveillance backdoors into the California Department of State Hospitals and Kent State University systems. (Kevin Poulsen, Robert McMillan, Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal)

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Ian Thornton-Trump, a former security adviser to SolarWinds, says he warned the company in 2017 that its survival depended on “an internal commitment to security.”

He terminated his contract with the company shortly after informing of this matter because he believed it wasn’t making changes that would have a “meaningful impact.” (Ryan Gallagher / Bloomberg)

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Microsoft published two important blog posts related to the SolarWinds hack. The first offers guidance on the techniques to consider when helping an organization respond to suspected identity compromise.

The second focuses on understanding and detecting the kinds of identity compromises used in attacks on several organizations.

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