Cybersecurity experts fear SolarWinds’ hack leads to larger attack on unprepared U.S.

Race underway to fortify cyber defenses as fallout spreads

Cybersecurity experts fear the SolarWinds hack laid the groundwork for a larger attack that the federal government is not prepared to handle.

After attackers exploited vulnerabilities in SolarWinds’ computer network management software to breach federal systems, a race began to fortify cyber defenses before additional attacks damage critical infrastructure and cause economic instability.

Some possible real-world effects of a large-scale hack include knocking people offline, disrupting the electric grid and blinding air traffic control, cybersecurity experts said.

Gilman Louie, CEO of cybersecurity company LookingGlass, said the SolarWinds hack was a wake-up call to government agencies and corporate networks, but the worst may be yet to come.

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