• Major Cyberattack Shines Light on Security of U.S. Operations … and Elections?

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    Surge Summary: Revelation of a major cyberattack across U.S. Government agencies is stirring up questions as to the reliability of assurances that the nation’s election security is historically air-tight. Who is the culprit? Russia? China? Given that this violation has apparently been occurring for months while the Department of Homeland Security was supposed to prevent as much … one has to wonder what other breaches might have gone undetected. Including during the 2020 election?

    by Gary Bauer

    Does the name Christopher Krebs ring a bell?  If not, keep that name in mind.  I’ll come back to Krebs in a moment.

    Over the past 24 hours, there have been disturbing reports of a massive cyberattack against the United States, which now appears to have spread to other countries.  Multiple government agencies, including the Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security and Treasury Departments, were compromised.

    We don’t yet know the full extent of the attack.  Russia is the primary suspect, although security experts won’t rule out China.

    The attack likely began sometime in the spring, but it was only recently detected.  It was so successful because it hijacked a software update from a well-respected company, SolarWinds, to create a “back door” to access other systems.  According to reports, about 18,000 private and government computers downloaded this “tainted update.”

    Of course, every federal agency has its own IT department with staff responsible for protecting against cyberattacks.  And there is an entire agency devoted to coordinating and supervising the government’s cyber security efforts.  It’s called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and it’s part of the Department of Homeland Security.

    Until recently, CISA was led by Christopher Krebs, who gave numerous interviews insisting that the 2020 election was the “most secure election ever.”  He was fired by President Trump on November 17th.

    Given that this major cyberattack took place right under his own nose, I don’t think we can trust anything Krebs said about the election being secure.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Originally posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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