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MOVEit Global Hacking Attack  – Government Agencies In The USA Targeted

Several federal government agencies in the United States have been targeted in a global hacking campaign that exploited a vulnerability in widely used file-transfer software, according to the nation’s cyber watchdog agency.

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Why In The News?

  • Several U.S. Federal Government Agencies Have Been Hit In A Global Hacking Campaign That Exploited A Vulnerability In Widely Used File-transfer Software, The Nation’s Cyber Watchdog Agency Announced.

MOVEit Transfer Software

  • MOVEit Is Typically Used By Organizations To Transfer Files Between Their Partners Or Customers.
  • A MOVEit Spokesperson Said The Company Had “Engaged With Federal Law Enforcement” And Was Working With Customers To Help Them Apply Fixes To Their Systems.
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What Do We Know?

  • Cybersecurity And Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Added To A Growing List Of Entities In The U.S., UK And Other Countries Whose Systems Were Infiltrated Through The MOVEit Transfer Software. The Hackers Took Advantage Of A Security Flaw That Its Maker, Progress Software, Discovered Late Last Month.
  • CISA Did Not Identify The U.S. Agencies Hit Or Detail The Impact On Them. British Energy Giant Shell, The Johns Hopkins University, The Johns Hopkins Health System And The University System Of Georgia Were Also Hit, They Said In Separate Statements.
  • The University System Of Georgia, Which Groups About 26 Public Colleges, Said It Was “Evaluating The Scope And Severity Of This Potential Data Exposure” From The MOVEit Hack.
  • Large Organizations Including The UK’s Telecom Regulator, British Airways, The BBC And Drugstore Chain Boots Emerged As Victims Last Week. Hackers Stole Data From Its Systems, While The Personal Information Of Tens Of Thousands Of Employees Of British Airways, Boots And The BBC Was Also Exposed.
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New Vulnerability Found

  • Progress Software’s Shares Ended Down 6.1% On Thursday. The Company Disclosed Another “Critical Vulnerability” It Found In MOVEit Transfer On Thursday, Although It Was Not Clear Whether It Had Been Exploited By Hackers.

Who Is Behind This Move?

  • The Online Extortion Group Cl0p, Which Has Claimed Credit For The MOVEit Hack, Has Previously Said It Would Not Exploit Any Data Taken From Government Agencies.
  • “If You Are A Government, City Or Police Service Do Not Worry, We Erased All Your Data,” The Group Said In A Statement On Its Website. Cl0p Did Not Immediately Respond To A Request For Comment.
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