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Biden will act on cyber security to fix SolarWinds mess

President Biden looks set to sign off an executive action to address gaps in the US’s national cyber security posture that were left painfully exposed by the December 2020 SolarWinds incident.

The cyber attack first came to light via cyber security company FireEye and was subsequently found to be a wide-ranging intrusion into multiple systems and agencies of the federal government – with the perpetrators, known as UNC2452, almost certainly backed by the Russian government.

Speaking at a White House press conference, Biden’s security lead, Anne Neuberger, said nine federal agencies and 100 private sector companies were compromised out of 18,000 entities that downloaded tainted updates to SolarWinds’ Orion platform.

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