France has been suffering A Very ‘Solar Winds’-Like Cyberattack since 2017

As the U.S. continues to chart the damage from the sweeping “SolarWinds” hack, France has announced that it too has suffered a large supply chain cyberattack. The news comes via a recently released technical report published by the Agence Nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information—or simply ANSSI—the French government’s chief cybersecurity agency. Like the U.S., French authorities have implied that Russia is probably involved.According to ANSSI, a sophisticated hacker group has successfully penetrated the Centreon Systems products, a French IT firm specializing in network and system monitoring that is used by many French government agencies, as well as some of the nation’s biggest companies (Air France, among others). Centreon’s client page shows that it partners with the French Department of Justice, Ecole Polytechnique, and regional public agencies, as well as some of the nation’s largest agri-food production firms.Illustration for article titled France Just Suffered a SolarWinds-Style CyberattackThe SolarWinds Hack Just Keeps Getting More WildNow the Chinese are involved. That’s one of the newest allegations to emerge in the SolarWinds…Read moreWhile ANSSI did not officially attribute the hack to any organization, the agency says the techniques used bear similarities to those of the Russian military hacker group “Sandworm” (also known as Unit 74455). The intrusion campaign, which dates back at least to 2017, allowed the hackers to breach the systems of a number of French organizations, though ANSSI has declined to name the victims or say how many were affected.

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