US pins SolarWinds cyberattack on Russian intelligence agency

The Biden administration is accusing Russia of carrying out the sweeping cyberattack on the U.S. government and American businesses through a SolarWinds Orion management software update.

The Biden administration announced Thursday that the United States had “high confidence” that Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (also known as SVR, APT 29, Cozy Bear, and the Dukes) was behind the expansive online intrusion.

As part of sweeping sanctions against Russia for the espionage campaign and other aggressive cyberactivity against the U.S., the administration identified six technology companies it says worked with the Russian intelligence service. An official told reporters that collaborations ranged “from providing expertise to developing tools.”

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