The US Cyber Security Agency said on Wednesday that a massive cyber espionage campaign made public earlier this month is affecting state and local governments, although it has released some additional details.
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The hacking campaign, which used the US tech company SolarWinds as a springboard to penetrate the federal government’s network, is “federal networks, state and local governments as well as critical infrastructure institutions and other private sector organizations, “Cyberspace and Infrastructure were having an impact. The Security Agency (CISA) said in a statement posted on its website.
The CISA said last week that US government agencies, critical infrastructure entities, and private groups were among those affected, but did not specifically mention state or local bodies. So far only a handful of federal government agencies have officially confirmed being affected, including the US Department of the Treasury, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Energy.
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The CISA did not identify the affected state or local agencies and did not immediately return an email seeking additional details on the notice.
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Reuters has previously reported that Pema County, Arizona was among the victims of the infiltration wave.
The county did not immediately return a message seeking comment late Wednesday. The county’s chief information officer previously reported that Reuters his team took his SolarWinds software offline shortly after the hack and investigators found no evidence of any further agreement.
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Senior US officials and lawmakers have accused Russia of being blamed for the hacking race, the Kremlin denied.
(Reporting by Rafael Battery; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Raju Gopalakrishnan)