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American Cybersecurity And The Latest Russian Hack


Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021

Last month, the U.S. government uncovered the biggest cyber hack in years.

By burying malware in a seemingly benign software update, approximately 18,000 businesses or organizations were compromised, including “fewer than 10” U.S. government agencies, according to the federal government. Experts fear the hackers gained “backdoor” access to some agencies, which may pose new national security threats.

The extent of the damage is still unknown, but the attack has made clear how weak the cyber defenses of the both the government and private sector truly are. In some cases, it’s laughable – in 2019, anyone could access the update server for SolarWinds, the company at the heart of the scandal, by using the password “solarwinds123.”

We sit down with experts to understand the state of cybersecurity in the U.S., the implications of the latest major hack and what steps the Biden administration might take going forward.


Greg Myre, national security correspondent for NPR

Tonya Riley, technology and cybersecurity policy researcher for The Washington Post

Jesse Steinmetz is Producer of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Before joining WFAE in 2019, he was an intern at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut and hosted a show at Eastern Connecticut State University.