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Russian Hack Of US Agencies Exposed Supply Chain Weaknesses

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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2020, file photo an American flag flies outside of the Justice Department building in Washington. The elite Russian hackers who gained access to computer systems of federal agencies last year didn’t bother trying to break one-by-one into the networks of each department. Instead, they got inside by sneaking malicious code into a software update pushed out to thousands of government agencies and private companies. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, FIle)

(AP) — The elite Russian hackers who gained access to computer systems of federal agencies last year didn’t bother trying to break one-by-one into the networks of each department.

Instead, they got inside by sneaking malicious code into a software update pushed out to thousands of government agencies and private companies. That the hackers were able to exploit vulnerabilities in the supply chain to launch a massive intelligence gathering operation was not surprising. U.S. officials and cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm for years about a problem that has caused havoc but has defied easy solutions from the government and private sector.

 

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