The SolarWinds hack, widely believed to be carried out by Russian state actors, is a wakeup call evidencing the weakness in American cybersecurity. Undetected for over half a year, the hack infiltrated networks of multiple government agencies and Fortune 500 companies, triggering a dispute over whether the United States should retaliate to discourage further cyberattacks.
Author: Diana Rudenky
Diana is a sophomore at UCLA double majoring in Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations, and Russian Studies. She is on the pre-law track with aspirations to work in international law. Diana is currently an intern with Senator Allen's office, and at UCLA she is part of the Model UN club and the Equestrian team.
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