Foreign hackers breached US Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration networks, separate reports from Politico and Bloomberg. While there aren’t many details yet on what happened as of yet, it is believed that at least three states have also been hacked in connection with the cybersecurity attack.
Federal investigators have spent the last few days trying to piece together what happened. Officials of the two agencies, the latter of which maintains the nation’s stockpile of nuclear weapons, would not know if hackers were able to gain access to anything. Additionally, it may be weeks before they have an idea of the extent of the damage. The hackers are believed to have gained access to the networks using software from SolarWinds, a company that sells IT management services to various organizations in the public and private sectors. Reuters reports Microsoft may also have been a victim.