New SolarWinds Malware Strain Identified

After last year’s string of SolarWinds attacks, a third strain of malware connected to the cyberattacks has been identified. Sunspot was discovered last week, and it’s reported that it was the first type of malware used in the attack, followed by Sunburst and Teardrop. Experts are now finding similarities in the code when analyzing Sunspot and a Russian malware called Kazuar. Despite supposed “code overlaps”, there doesn’t seem to be any connection between the two incidents. Last month, the SolarWinds incident left multiple government agencies and large companies at risk due to hacks. As federal investigations continue, it’s suspected that the Russian government may have had a part in the SolarWinds hacks.
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Written by Gillian Sweny

Gillian is Director of Marketing at AgileBlue with over 10 years of experience in the marketing industry. Gillian resides in Cleveland, OH with her husband and 2-year-old son.

January 18, 2021

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