President Biden meeting tech giant CEOs to discuss cyber threat

According to Bloomberg, President Joe Biden is meeting the CEOs of some of the biggest tech companies, including Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM and JP Morgan at the White House today to discuss cyber security and in particular the rising threat of ransomware attacks and data leaks. The high level confab is prompted by a slew of worrying breaches:

  • This month’s T-Mobile server breach, which exposed up to 100 million Americans’ personal data
  • July’s SolarWinds supply chain attack, which compromised server management tools themselves
  • July’s massive Kaseya ransomware attack—which also initially targeted a management tool rather than the end-victims themselves
  • A months-long Geico breach exposing customers’ driver’s license numbers, addresses, dates of birth, etc.
  • misconfigured Experian API that leaked credit scores of tens of millions of Americans
  • A May attack that took Colonial Pipeline down, disrupting fuel distribution across the eastern US seaboard
  • March attacks targeting small businesses, towns, cities, and local governments via Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities
  • SIM swapping attacks on T-Mobile customers in February, resulting from one or more of the company’s earlier breaches

No further details are available at this stage. We’ll hopefully bring you news of what came out of it …

Source: Ars Technica