According to TOPNEWS, the Biden administration plans to issue a decree aimed at strengthening the security of government computer systems.
The hackers involved in hacking SolarWinds’ electronic systems and suspected of working for Russia had access to the email address of Chad Wolfe, then head of the Department of Homeland Security, which was responsible for cybersecurity in the country. This was reported on Monday by the Associated Press.
As noted in the publication, the consequences of this fact, from the point of view of storing intelligence information (we are talking about hacking the email address of Wolfe himself and the email addresses belonging to the employees of the cybersecurity unit), were not previously made public.
The Department of Homeland Security has not yet responded to a request for comment.
As a result of a breach of SolarWinds’ electronic system, which was reported last December, hackers infiltrated the company’s computer network and added code to the software to spy on end-users. Thus, hackers infiltrated the electronic systems of nine federal agencies and one hundred companies.
Reuters reported last week that the Biden administration plans to issue a decree requiring a number of computer software companies to notify their clients in the federal government of cybersecurity breaches that have occurred at the company.