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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