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.
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.
“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 analyses are still ongoing, based on preliminary reporting, it is evident that this latest cyber intrusion could have potentially devastating consequences for U.S. national security.”
After the briefing Friday, Maloney said she was left with more questions than answers. “We specifically asked for the scope of it. What agencies are affected, exactly when, how was the response. It could be embedded in our system now and how do you get it out,” Maloney continued.
Meanwhile, the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the ODNI issued a joint statement on Thursday to address the breach.
The White House did not immediately respond to The Epoch Times' request for comment on the cyberattacks or Friday's briefing.
“So, we are taking a hard look at this and, obviously, take any sort of cyber hacks very seriously.”
“On Saturday, December 12, our CEO was advised by an executive at FireEye of a security vulnerability in our Orion Software Platform which was the result of a very sophisticated cyberattack on SolarWinds,” the company, which serves the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies and major U.S. government agencies, wrote.
“We soon discovered that we had been the victim of a malicious cyberattack that impacted our Orion Platform products as well as our internal systems. While security professionals and other experts have attributed the attack to an outside nation-state, we have not independently verified the identity of the attacker,” the filing continues.
“This was a highly sophisticated cyberattack on our systems that inserted a vulnerability within our Orion® Platform products. This particular intrusion is so targeted and complex that experts are referring to it as the SUNBURST attack.”