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Massive Hacks Linked to Russia, China Exploited U.S. Internet Security Gap

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U.S. lawmakers and security experts are concerned that foreign governments are staging cyberattacks using servers in the U.S., in an apparent effort to avoid detection by the U.S. National Security Agency.


A report by threat intelligence company DomainTools LLC found hackers targeting servers running Microsoft's Exchange software used U.S.-based computers from at least four service providers.

Linked to China-based hackers, the attack is the second major suspected nation-state hack in recent months to leverage U.S. servers, following a hack at SolarWinds by suspected Russian hackers that used Microsoft and Amazon cloud-computing systems.

This has sparked concerns among U.S. lawmakers and security experts that foreign governments are employing U.S. servers to thwart detection by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Former NSA lawyer Glenn Gerstell said, "The combination of these two attacks definitely has pushed us to a tipping point in terms of the policy makers and the executive branch recognizing now that we need to do something."

Gerstell said he does not expect lawmakers to grant domestic surveillance authority to the NSA.

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