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Cyberattacks Against The US Are “more Sophisticated, Frequent And Aggressive,” An Official Warns. | Voice Of America

WASHINGTON DC – Cyber ​​attacks on the United States are becoming more frequent, sophisticated and aggressive, said a senior official from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a hearing before the Senate. The statements of the acting director of the Security and Information Agency (CISA), Brandon Wales, come at the same time that the United States faces a cyberattack against the largest oil pipeline system in the country, which threatens the supply of oil in the area south. “Cyber ​​attacks on the nation’s infrastructure are becoming increasingly sophisticated, frequent and aggressive,” Wales told the Upper House Committee on Government Affairs and National Security. Wales was questioned by lawmakers on the case of Colonial, the pipeline affected by the attack by a group of Russian hackers known as DarkSide and on the case of the hack of SolarWinds – also linked to Russia. By hacking the SolarWinds software, hackers gained access to federal agencies of the US government and private companies. Biden: Cyberattack Stopping US Pipeline Is “Criminal Act” Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline shut down operations on Friday after hackers broke into some of its networks, according to US officials. Wales said the main objective of the SolarWinds hack was “to gain access to sensitive but unclassified information and to identify opportunities to compromise supply chains.” The official also assured that the attack was attributed to the Foreign Intelligence Service, a government agency, of the Russian government. The SolarWinds case, he warned, “should have served as an emergency call about the growing interest of our adversaries in attacking production chains.” As a result of the SolarWinds hack, the Biden Administration responded with a series of sanctions against Russia. Speaking on Monday, the president said the attack on Colonial was a “criminal act” but clarified that, so far, they have no evidence that the Russian government was involved. Connect with the Voice of America! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate notifications; or, follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter

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