US warns of long term effects of Log4j vulnerabilities

US warns of long-term effects of Log4j vulnerabilities

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency (CISA) has not identified any destructive or destructive cyberattacks related to the Log4j library vulnerabilities distributed as part of the Apache Logging Project. However, the ministry warned that the vulnerabilities found could be exploited by cyber criminals, including foreign governments, in the next few months and even years.

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President Biden’s administration has reportedly not identified any violations of federal agencies exploiting Log4j vulnerabilities. Still, officials from the department noted that this issue is a serious threat and is likely to remain relevant for a long time.

“The scale and potential impact of this problem make it incredibly serious.”– said the head of CISA Jen Easterly (Jen Easterly), adding that she was the problem as Log4j. considered “The most serious weak point”that she had to see throughout her career. In an interview with reporters, she also expressed concern about the long-term risks of this problem for networks that control critical US infrastructures.

According to CISA, most of the exploitation of Log4j vulnerabilities currently boils down to downloading hidden cryptocurrency mining code onto victims’ computers or adding vulnerable devices to botnets. It has also been found that after hacking internal networks, hackers can hide their presence for a long time in order to cause maximum damage. Additionally, because not all companies and organizations attempt to report hacking attacks to the government, the department may not be aware of all such incidents.

Note that Microsoft and some US companies involved in information security announced last December that they had identified attacks using the Log4j vulnerabilities carried out by hackers targeting China, Iran and related to other governments. Apparently, Log4j vulnerabilities are currently being used more actively outside of the United States. For example, the Belgian Ministry of Defense has reported that its systems have been hacked. Dozens of large industrial companies around the world are facing similar problems.


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