2021-01-17

Senator Ron Wyden on the SolarWinds Hack

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Shawna Chen, reporting for Axios:

Hackers who infiltrated government networks in the SolarWinds
cyberattack compromised “dozens of email accounts” in the
Treasury, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden
(D-Ore.) said Monday.

“Finally, after years of government officials advocating for
encryption backdoors, and ignoring warnings from cybersecurity
experts who said that that encryption keys become irresistible
targets for hackers, the USG has now suffered a breach that seems
to involve skilled hackers stealing encryption keys from USG
servers,” Wyden said.

This hack should be Exhibit A in the response to every future dummy in the government who advocates for mandatory encryption backdoors on the grounds that you can trust the government with the keys.