Senator Ron Wyden on the SolarWinds Hack

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.

Wednesday, 23 December 2020