US Senate Panel Holds Hearing on Massive Cyberattack
February 23, 2021
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday
on the recent cyberattack against the United States, which was
allegedly carried out by Russia.
The attack, known as the SolarWinds hack, discovered in December,
was one of the largest and most sophisticated cyberattacks in
history, according to experts who have suggested it could have been
launched by a state actor.
Several U.S. government officials have said the cyberattacks
originated in Russia but have offered few details.
White House Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging
Technology Anne Neuberger said on Feb. 17 that nine federal agencies
and 100 private-sector companies had been targeted. Neuberger said
breaches of the private companies, some of them in the technology
sector, helped facilitate the hacking of other targets.
Neuberger said the Biden administration is drafting policies to
prevent further attacks and predicted some of the proposals would be
part of an “executive action.”
also said the administration’s probe into the sprawling operation
would probably take several more months to complete.
On Feb. 21, U.S. national security advisor Jake Sullivan warned that
the U.S. would respond to the attack within “weeks, not months.”
A leading cybersecurity company that was breached, FireEye, said
targets also included government, technology, and telecommunications
companies elsewhere in North America, and in Europe, Asia, and the
A report released by the French National Agency for the Security of
Information Systems (ANSSI) on Feb. 15 said the hackers leveraged a
vulnerability in monitoring software from the Paris-based company
The company said it uncovered cyberattacks that occurred between
2017 and 2020.