AP: SolarWinds computer hackers infiltrated the email of the head of the Interior Ministry

According to media reports, the Biden administration plans to issue an executive order aimed at strengthening the security of government computer systems

The hackers involved in the hacking of SolarWinds’ electronic systems and suspected of working for Russia had access to the email address of Chad Wolfe, then head of the Department of Homeland Security, which has responsibility for cybersecurity in the country. The Associated Press reported this on Monday.

The intelligence implications of the hacking of Wolfe’s own e-mail and those of the cybersecurity unit had not previously been made public, the Associated Press reported Monday.

The Department of Homeland Security has not yet responded to a request for comment.

As a result of the hacking of SolarWinds’ email system that was revealed last December, hackers infiltrated the computer network used by the company’s executives and added code to the software that allowed them to spy on end users. Thus, hackers penetrated the electronic systems of nine federal agencies and a hundred companies.

Last week, Reuters reported that the Biden administration plans to issue an executive order requiring a number of computer software companies to notify their customers in the federal government of cybersecurity breaches, if any have occurred in company operations.

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