-THE HACK THAT IMPACTED THE ENTIRE IT WORLD-
The SolarWinds (a publicly traded US company based in Austin, Texas) hack is being considered the largest hacking attack of the decade. Of course, we don’t know what’s about to come some experts call it “a historic event” or a new dawn in cyber espionage. Multiple companies had been affected.
The question remains how dangerous is it still today and how can you protect yourself and your company?
It all started when FireEye one of the most sophisticated IT Security companies realized suspicious activities happened in their systems leading to the indication “we had been hacked” On December 9th, 2020 it was detected that someone gained access to their systems and had stolen software that FireEye used to test its customers’ defense systems. As FireEye is partly owned by the CIA this hack led to a cascading escalation and investigation.
When the entire size of the hack became clear it was found out that many companies had been impacted as the SolarWinds Orion software platform had been widely used in the IT industry. The Orion platform is a popular monitoring and management platform for IT infrastructure.
It seems that the hackers prepared their attack with professionalism and infected the Orion platform many month ago before they main attack started. It is very likely, that details on the hacking preparation and the impact to SolarWinds customers will never be fully discovered but the way it had been planned and executed was so well organized that it revealed many IT security bottlenecks you need to know about.
Read more about the details and learnings of the SolarWinds hack and how you can protect yourself and your company.
SolarWinds – The comprehensive review