Security Firm Exposes Alleged Hacking Campaign

Security Firm Exposes Alleged Hacking Campaign

( – Although the National Security Agency (NSA) heads up the federal government’s response to cyber threats, by law, it cannot operate within the United States. As a result, the agency relies on security experts working for local and state governments and the private sector to spearhead domestic operations through the recently created Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). A private security firm recently uncovered a severe security breach.

On Monday, November 8, news outlets reported that California-based cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks uncovered breaches in nine organizations representing the defense, technology, energy, education, and healthcare industries. PAN also said the attacks hit at least one US network.

Palo Alto Networks executive Ryan Olson told reporters the hackers stole passwords from some of the groups. According to him, that enables the cybercriminals to maintain long-term access to their operation, allowing them to continue intercepting sensitive information stored on databases or transmitted via emails.

Making matters worse, Olson said he believed the hackers breached other targets as well. He characterized the nine known breaches as “the tip of the spear.” He added that the bad actors used methods mirroring past efforts by Chinese cybercriminals.

CNN reported that the NSA and CISA are keeping track of the problem. Hopefully, the partnership with private security firms continues to provide valuable information regarding breaches.

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