The US government has confirmed that computer networks have been hit by a cyber attack.
CISA, cybersecurity service, has ordered national government agencies to stop using certain products from software company SolarWinds, after reports in American media that Russian hackers used them to gain access to computer systems.
Russia says it has nothing to do with that.
Insiders have told The Washington Post that Russian hackers were given access to the Treasury and Trade Ministries. The perpetrators are said to belong to a hacker group known as APT29 and Cozy Bear. There would have been a lot of digital spying.
“This looks very, very bad,” a source told the newspaper. SolarWinds products are also used outside the United States.
Russia contradicts the charges. “We have nothing to do with this,” a Kremlin spokesman said, according to TASS news agency. The Russian Embassy in Washington says “Russia is not conducting offensive operations in the cyber domain”.