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US Government Probes VPN Hack Within Federal Agencies, Races to Find Clues

The Ivanti logo and cyber binary codes are seen in this illustration taken April 20, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

For at least the third time since the beginning of this year, the U.S. government is investigating a hack against federal agencies that began during the Trump administration but was only recently discovered, according to senior U.S. officials and private sector cyber defenders.  

It is the latest supply chain cyberattack, highlighting how sophisticated, often government-backed groups are targeting vulnerable software built by third parties as a steppingstone to sensitive government and corporate computer networks.  

The new government breaches involve a popular virtual private network (VPN) known as Pulse Connect Secure, which hackers were able to break into as customers used details ⇒

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