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  • SolarWinds impact getting a bit larger

    Posted on December 17th, 2020 at 17:01 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    As someone just said… 2020 is turning out to be lovely….  I’ll post more tonight

    Statement from Microsoft….  “Our investigations, which are ongoing, have found absolutely no indications that our systems were used to attack others”


    So first off…. what does this mean?  SolarWinds is an enterprise monitoring tool that is used by Government systems and by a who’s who of businesses.  Assuming this post is right, you’ll see quite a few names on this list of clients that you recognize.  A piece of code with an intentional backdoor was inserted into the development of this monitoring software.   This monitoring software was then installed on networks.  So that – in theory – as the bits and bytes flew by this attacker could see everything on the network.   As the CISA document spells out, someone was hiding inside the networks of major companies for many months.

    Does it mean they are in your computer – that they’ve compromised EVERYONE’s computer?  No.  And most of the big a/v vendors have put in detection for this backdoor code, so if you did have it in your system you’d be getting a strange notification from your antivirus.  But it is disturbing to say the least that an attacker (theorized to be Russia at this time) had potential access for months into many key systems and we are only finding out about it now.  More as we know more….

     

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