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Russia’s SolarWinds Attack

Russia’s SolarWinds attack: hack, or espionage? Bruce Schneier from Schneier on Security states that this attack was not ‘just’ a hack – something that happens more regularly than any of us like to admit. Instead, it was a breach of global trust, a deliberate spying attempt by a state actor.

You may or may not know that espionage is allowed, and the US is one of the biggest spies out there. However, it is a balance between attack and defense. The SolarWinds hack tipped that balance, inserting a back-door into SolarWinds’ network management product, Orion. 

How was this so easy? Guess the Orion password… ‘solarwinds123’. I mean, really? In this day and age?

Schneier comments:

Recent news articles have all been talking about the massive Russian cyberattack against the United States, but that’s wrong on two accounts. It wasn’t a cyberattack in international relations terms, it was espionage. And the victim wasn’t just the US, it was the entire world. But it was massive, and it is dangerous.

Read more at: Schneier on Security Russia’s SolarWinds Attack

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Georgina Ford

Gestalt IT’s resident Word Nerd, Georgina is a writer and editor with over a decade working in the tech space. She can be found musing about Colorado mountain life and all things Gestalt IT Tech on Twitter at @gcford