Tech in 2021: Drawn-out process to determine extent of damage of SolarWinds hack

Texas-based SolarWinds, which provides technology monitoring services to top US government agencies and many Fortune 500 companies, was targeted by hackers as early as 2019 as a springboard for later attacks.
Texas-based SolarWinds, which provides technology monitoring services to top US government agencies and many Fortune 500 companies, was targeted by hackers as early as 2019 as a springboard for later attacks. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - When hackers inserted a malicious program into Texas-based SolarWinds' popular Orion IT management tool as early as 2019 as a bridgehead for later attacks, they set off a chain reaction.

It is little wonder that the hack, suspected to be linked to Russia, is billed as the most menacing cyber attack in recent times.

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