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House Lawmakers Ask Agencies to Provide More Details on SolarWinds Hack

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A group of bipartisan House lawmakers sent letters to heads of federal agencies requesting more information related to the SolarWinds cyberattack.

The lawmakers want agencies to submit written responses to eight questions by March 31st “to gain a fuller understanding of the scope of the attack and actions being taken to mitigate its effects,” according to a news release published Wednesday.

Agencies should explain the extent and nature of the compromise, detail the actions taken to investigate and respond to the attack and provide information on their schedule for mitigating the risks associated with the incident.

Lawmakers also want to know how agencies evaluate vendors for cybersecurity risks and whether they have a specific plan in place to reduce the risks of future supply chain attacks.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, D-N.J. and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the House panel’s ranking member, were among the signatories of the letter addressed to several agency chiefs, including Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

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