Rep. Maloney: Recent Cyberattacks on Government ‘Deeply Concerning, Deeply Distressing’

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) told reporters Friday that she is deeply concerned about the impact of the recent series of cyberattacks against U.S. government computer networks.

December 18, 2020

We’re very disturbed. We didn’t get the information we wanted,” Maloney said following a closed-door briefing on Friday.

She said that lawmakers have asked for another briefing Saturday but it’s not certain that will happen. It’s not clear who briefed the lawmakers.

“We’ll find out if we can speak with them. It’s a very broad [attack], they don’t even know how broad it is; it’s very serious. The response is going to take weeks or months. It’s a top national security concern and the president should be all over it … It’s deeply concerning, deeply distressing, and an extreme challenge for our country,” Maloney continued.

As many as 18,000 SolarWinds customers around the globe installed a malicious update to the ubiquitous SolarWinds Orion network management software. The hack, which was first reported by cybersecurity firm FireEye, itself a SolarWinds customer, affected several U.S. government agencies, including the departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security, Energy, Treasury, and Commerce. The hack is believed to be the biggest ever uncovered, prompting the U.S. government to assemble a multi-department task force to respond to the threat.

Maloney’s comments come after her committee and other House committees chairs sent a joint letter (pdf) to Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) John Ratcliffe, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, and Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, asking them to launch an investigation into the widespread cyberattack.

“Our Committees are seeking information related to the apparent, widespread compromise of multiple federal governments, critical infrastructure, and private sector information technology networks,” the chairs wrote. “While investigations and technical forensic analy….

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