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CISA says federal agency compromised by malicious cyber actor

September 25, 2020

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) revealed that a hacker breached a US federal agency and threat actors exfiltrated data.

CISA published a detailed incident report related to the incident but didn’t disclose the name of the hacked agency. Threat actors implanted a malware in the network of an unnamed federal agency that was able to avoid detection.

“The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) responded to a recent threat actor’s cyberattack on a federal agency’s enterprise network.” reads the analysis report published by CISA. “By leveraging compromised credentials, the cyber threat actor implanted sophisticated malware—including multi-stage malware that evaded the affected agency’s anti-malware protection—and gained persistent access through two reverse Socket Secure (SOCKS) proxies that exploited weaknesses in the agency’s firewall.”

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