‘This is bad.’ Hacking chaos engulfs FERC, DOE, Microsoft

The Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons office and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are the latest agencies swept up in a staggering hack of global computer networks.

DOE spokesperson Shaylyn Hynes said the breach “has not impacted the mission-essential national security functions” of the agency or its National Nuclear Security Administration, which manages the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.

But the intrusions at DOE and FERC add to fallout from a far-reaching Russia-linked hack of IT service provider SolarWinds. The departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Commerce, the Treasury and State are among the agencies reported to have been compromised in the hacking campaign.

“This threat poses a grave risk to the Federal Government and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as critical infrastructure entities and other private sector organizations,” DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said in a rare alert yesterday.

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Source: E&E News