The US House’s committees on homeland security and oversight and reform will host hearings on solar winds that are being hacked this week, they announced on Monday. The hearing to be held on February 26 will witness Solar Winds CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna, former SolarWinds CEO Kevin Thompson, Microsoft President Brad Smith and FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia.
The hearing will look into the role of private companies in preventing and investigating cyber security affecting the government and harming our national security.
The hearing follows last year’s SolarWinds hack, which was carried out by US intelligence agencies in early January.
A joint FBI statement said, “This work demonstrates that an Advanced Permanent Threat (APT) actor, who is Russian in origin, is originally Russian or responsible for both governmental and non-governmental cyber agreements is.” , NSA, Cyberspace Infrastructure Security Agency and Office of the Director of National Intelligence. “At this time, we believe it was, and an intelligence-gathering effort is underway.”
The hack began around March 2020, when hackers tied up with Texas-based SolarWinds for IT management software. Hackers placed malicious code in SolarWinds software updates, and the company’s nearly 18,000 customers installed tainted updates in both the private and public sectors.
The breach allegedly involved an email system used by senior leadership in the Treasury Department. Government officials have confirmed the violations in the Treasury Department as well as the Department of Energy and Commerce. The hack allegedly hit the Department of Homeland Security, the Pentagon and the State Department, as well as the National Institutes of Health and the National Nuclear Security Administration.
The hearing – called “Weathering the Storm: The Private Take of the Solarwinds Breach and Honoring Campaign” – begins at 9 am on February 26, and you can watch it on YouTube or the committee’s Oversight and Reform website.