This was all because of a vulnerability in their file sharing. Private corporations fell victim to the attacks as well, with twelve separate incidents occurring on a single day.
And the file sharing issues were all because these hacked groups were using MOVEit to move their files in the most efficient way possible. But often efficiency comes at the cost of security.
It’s the third time in three years where governmental agencies have fallen victim to cyber attacks. Hackers from China and Russia seemed to be the most common offenders.
CISA Director Jen Easterly said the hackers were “part of a well-known ransomware group.” So expect there to be some serious behind the scenes hot water.
The FBI said the hacking group, called CL0P previously hacked into over 45 organizations, and demanded a financial ransom in exchange for withholding sensitive and compromising information from the public.
The Department of Energy was one of the agencies that got hacked, while others haven’t gone on the record. We’ll make sure to keep an ear out for you.