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Security Bite: Hackers Hacked CISA, Forced Agency to Shut Down Some Systems

CISA reports that two systems were compromised in February through vulnerabilities in Ivanti products. In response, the agency had to shut down both systems, which reportedly had a critical connection to US infrastructure.

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What is CISA?

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is the government agency responsible for the major improvement in USA. general state of cybersecurity. It was created within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in November 2018, primarily in response to growing concerns about cyber threats and the protection of critical infrastructure.

Two CISA systems compromised

A CISA spokesperson confirmed the breach in a statement, saying the hackers gained access by exploiting vulnerabilities in Ivanti's internal tools. The Utah-based company provides IT security and systems management software to approximately 40,000 customers, from large organizations to government agencies around the world, according to its website.

“The impact was limited to two systems that we immediately disconnected from the network. “CISA said. “We continue to update and upgrade our systems and there are no operational impacts at this time.” The agency did not specify whether the data was accessed or stolen.

The Record, which first reported the incident, citing a source familiar with the matter, said the hackers breached two systems that were part of the Infrastructure Protection (IP) Gateway, which stores critical data and tools used to assess critical US infrastructure. . and the Chemical Safety Assessment Tool (CSAT). The latter contains part of the territory of the United States’ most sensitive industry information, including which chemical facilities are identified as high risk, facility security plans, and security vulnerability assessments.

It is important to note, however, that CISA has not yet confirmed or denied these specific systems were taken offline.

While it is not immediately clear who is behind the attack, we know it was due to recent vulnerabilities affecting Ivanti Connect Secure VPN and Ivanti Policy Secure. products discovered by none other than CISA.

Ironically, the agency had previously warned about vulnerabilities in Ivanti software. On February 1, he ordered all US government agencies to disable Ivanti Connect Secure and Ivanti Policy Secure. Just a few weeks later, he notified organizations that attackers were exploiting multiple Ivanti vulnerabilities CVE-2023-46805, CVE-2024-21887 and CVE-2024-21893.

A CISA spokesperson told The Record that the hack was not impacted the agency's operations.

“This is a reminder that any organization can be affected by a cyber vulnerability, and having an incident response plan is a necessary component of resilience,” CISA adds.

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