The White House, in a statement, said that Russia’s foreign intelligence service, SVR, was behind the SolarWinds hack, which stole data from nine federal agencies and 100s of private firms. Russian govt was always believed to behind the cyber attack, but the statement is the first formal acquisition. The White House also announced a series of sanctions against five Russian cybersecurity firms said to be involved in supporting hack.
A Barracuda Networks and Columbia University researchers said that phishing emails are more likely to originate from parts of Eastern Europe, Central America, the Middle East and Africa. Researchers examined the geolocation of over two bn emails to reach the conclusion that a higher volume of phishing emails ( 1,000 +) has a high probability of originating from Lithuania, Latvia, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Iran, Palestine and Kazakhstan.