Senators want federal government to take accountability for SolarWinds hack

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The leadership of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee wants the Biden administration to take accountability and provide more information on the SolarWinds hack of computer network management software afflicting the government.

The federal government has said the hack — publicly disclosed last year — compromised nine federal agencies, but the Democratic and Republican leaders of the homeland security committee want more details about whose accounts and systems were compromised.

Sens. Gary Peters, Michigan Democrat, and Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, wrote to the Office of Management and Budget expressing concern that the federal government has not properly taken accountability for the SolarWinds hack. 

“It is important that there be a single point of accountability for leading response efforts to prevent confusion and duplication. We are concerned this level of accountability is currently lacking,” wrote Mr. Peters and Mr. Portman to OMB’s federal chief information security officer Christopher DeRusha.

The duo requested OMB provide a list of roles and responsibilities for cybersecurity across the federal government so the senators can understand who has responsibility for…

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