White House national security adviser asks software companies to discuss cybersecurity


US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during a daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, United States, December 7, 2021. REUTERS / Tom Brenner / File Photo

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WASHINGTON, December 23 (Reuters) – White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan sent a letter to leading publishers and software developers to discuss ways to improve digital security, the White House said Thursday , the latest sign of the administration’s growing concern about cybersecurity. Security.

The United States has suffered several major cyber attacks this year, which exposed thousands of files held by businesses and government agencies to hackers, including those with ties to Russia and China.

A hack, which was identified a year ago and which the U.S. government said was likely orchestrated by Russia, hacked software made by SolarWinds (SWI.N) and gave hackers access to thousands companies and government offices that used its products. The hackers gained access to emails from the US Treasury, Justice, and Commerce departments and other agencies.

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In a separate attack, more than 20,000 US organizations were compromised via a backdoor patch used in Microsoft Corp’s mail software (MSFT.O). The US government believes this was carried out by a cyber-espionage group known as Hafnium, which is believed to have ties to the Chinese government.

“The SolarWinds and Hafnium incidents recently serve as a reminder that strategic adversaries are actively exploiting vulnerabilities for malicious purposes,” Sullivan said in the letter.

To kick off the effort, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies Anne Neuberger will host a one-day discussion in January with company officials responsible for open source and security projects.

Cyber ​​attacks have increased in both frequency and impact, prompting the administration to issue an executive order in May creating a review board and new software standards for government agencies.

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Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw and Alexanda Alper; edited by Chris Reese and Jonathan Oatis

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