Key Points

  • The US is investigating the impacts of a cyber attack that has hit several governmental agencies.
  • The attack comes after popular cyber criminal groups sent a warning saying they had allied and would attack the country.

The US government is investigating the impacts of a massive countrywide cyber attack that has targeted several of its official agencies. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency says it is supporting several federal agencies that have experienced intrusions affecting their MOVEit applications.

Hackers go after US government agencies shortly after sending a warning

According to Eric Goldstein, the Executive Assistant Director for Cyber Security at US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, several federal agencies currently require their support. In a statement to CNN, Goldstein said that the impacted software is MOVEit. 

“We are working urgently to understand impacts and ensure timely remediation.” He said.

Groups responsible for the attack are not yet identified though they had issued a warning earlier in the day speaking Russian. They claimed credit for numerous big hacks as part of their hacking campaign. 

The news comes when cyber attacks in the country are increasing. Several hacking sprees against US government officials and entities have been noticed, with universities and State governments adding to the tally. 

John Hopkins University, Baltimore, and its renowned health system said earlier this week that “sensitive personal and financial information,” like health billing records, may have been stolen in the hack. Additionally, Georgi’a’s state-wide university system that spans the 40,000 student University of Georgia and other state colleges confirmed to be investigating a hack.

As this becomes all too common, it is still yet to be known what the real intentions or motives behind the attacks are. However, the US government is working on investigations and looking for a remedy to deal with the attacks. Keep watching Fintech Express for updates on this and other technology stories.