Following a report from CISA that SolarWinds Orion security systems had been compromised, they issued a rare emergency directive calling on everyone, including government agencies, to stop using their software. Now, it appears that the company’s offices in Austin have been raided by multiple law enforcement agencies.
Everything is moving quickly and more updates are flooding in, but according to The Gateway Pundit:
Last night the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a rare Emergency Directive 21-01, in response to a KNOWN COMPROMISE involving SolarWinds Orion products. This was only the fifth Emergency Directive issued by CISA under the authorities granted by Congress in the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.
CISA reported a breach of the SolarWinds Orion products. This Emergency Directive called on all federal civilian agencies to review their networks for indicators of compromise and disconnect or power down SolarWinds Orion products immediately.
The degree of this breach and the ubiquitous use of SolarWinds in government agencies and private companies makes this huge. The raid, reportedly in a joint operation through the FBI, US Marshals, and the Texas Rangers, seems to be focused on figuring out if these breaches were intentionally allowed or if it was known ahead of time by executives. It’s noteworthy that the CEO and Executive Vice President sold tons of shares of their own company last month.
BREAKING per guest on @seanhannity’s radio show: “The FBI, Texas Rangers & US Marshals are all at the SolarWinds HQ in Austin, TX” looking at their systems. Notes the Executive VP sold 57k shares [$1.2M] on 11/9. The CEO, Kevin Thompson, had sold 700k shares [$15M] 10 days later https://t.co/DPN8u1z9I1
— Murray 🇺🇸 (@Rothbard1776) December 14, 2020
According to NextGov:
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency ordered all government departments by noon Monday to identify and shut off instances of SolarWinds Orion software running or connected to any government system, as agencies scrambled to mitigate potential damage from a critical vulnerability in software used by a huge swath of the federal government and military.
News broke over the weekend that officials at CISA and the FBI were investigating breaches at two of the largest federal agencies—the Commerce and Treasury departments—related to a flaw in the SolarWinds Orion software. Early reports suggest hackers working for the Russian government were involved in the breaches.
But what’s not being discussed enough is the potential for this raid to yield a bigger fish, Dominion Voting Systems, who uses SolarWinds for security. If anyone has the data that’s needed to prove massive voter fraud through machine hacking and/or vote count manipulation, it’s SolarWinds. It doesn’t matter how much covering up as done by Dominion if their security company’s servers have the data as well.
And now that data is likely in the hands of law enforcement. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I’m quite happy the Texas Rangers were involved. I’m not the most trusting person when it comes to federal law enforcement.
It would be ironic if the backdoor to Dominion Voting Systems through SolarWinds Orion happened to be the way massive voter fraud was unambiguously revealed to the world. Cross your fingers.
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