White House confirms cyberattack report on U.S. Treasury by foreign government

White House confirms cyberattack report on U.S. Treasury by foreign government

The NSA met with the White House on Saturday regarding the matter

By Lucas Manfredi FOXBusiness

The U.S. government has acknowledged reports that hackers backed by a foreign government have breached the U.S. Treasury Department and an agency within the Commerce Department.

“The United States government is aware of these reports and we are taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to this situation,” National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot told FOX Business in a statement.

According to Reuters, the elaborate cyber hack was launched on the Treasury Department as well as the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, or NTIA, a U.S. agency that is tasked with crafting internet and telecommunications policy. Sources told the outlet that the hack was so serious it led to a National Security Council meeting on Saturday.

Hackers reportedly used the organization’s Microsoft Office 365 platform to monitor staff members emails for months.

A Treasury Deparment spokesperson deferred comment to the NSC. A spokesperson for the Commerce Department confirmed the breach, adding that it has “asked CISA and the FBI to investigate” but declining to comment any further.  A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment to FOX Business.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, said in a statement that the agency has been working closely with its partners regarding “recently discovered activity on government networks.”

“CISA is providing technical assistance to affected entities as they work to identify and mitigate any potential compromises,” the spokesperson added.

An FBI spokesperson said it can “neither confirm nor deny details related to any ongoing investigation,” citing the agency’s standard practice.

The announcement comes less than a month after President Donald Trump fired Christopher Krebs, the nation’s top cybersecurity official. Krebs, who oversaw CISA, was responsible for leading the effort to protect U.S. elections.


https://www.cisa.gov/news/2020/12/13/cisa-issues-emergency-directive-mitigate-compromise-solarwinds-orion-network

CISA ISSUES EMERGENCY DIRECTIVE TO MITIGATE THE COMPROMISE OF SOLARWINDS ORION NETWORK MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS

Original release date: December 13, 2020 | Last revised: December 14, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) tonight issued Emergency Directive 21-01, in response to a known compromise involving SolarWinds Orion products that are currently being exploited by malicious actors. This Emergency Directive calls on all federal civilian agencies to review their networks for indicators of compromise and disconnect or power down SolarWinds Orion products immediately.  

“The compromise of SolarWinds’ Orion Network Management Products poses unacceptable risks to the security of federal networks,” said CISA Acting Director Brandon Wales. “Tonight’s directive is intended to mitigate potential compromises within federal civilian networks, and we urge all our partners—in the public and private sectors—to assess their exposure to this compromise and to secure their networks against any exploitation.”  

This is the fifth Emergency Directive issued by CISA under the authorities granted by Congress in the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. All agencies operating SolarWinds products should provide a completion report to CISA by 12pm Eastern Standard Time on Monday December 14, 2020.  

UPDATE 2: #HATJ: RE: UST asks FED to return funds

From: TUCCI-JARRAF, HEATHER ANN
Subject: RE: UST ask FED to return funds
Date: Nov 20, 2020 at 11:19 AM

Mnuchin (formerly JP Morgan) described the “funds” as “unused” for the facilities and purposes for which they were appropriated… I am aware the Fed would be reluctant to “return” nearly 500 billion of seemingly “unused” “funds”, as said “funds” are supposed to be encumbered once upon a time. How interesting it would be to see the encumbrances (who, what, and for how long) placed on those funds by the Federal Reserve since they were set aside and during their seeming “unuse”. 🙂 …perhaps it will shadow even Geithner’s 100’s of billions in “TARP” (all pun intended) created as cover to settle the disgruntled “Chinese” for all the worthless Freddie and Fannie and et al paper they had… I spit out my coffee when I actually SAW Geithner on C-SPAN stomping his feet on the Hill because he wasn’t getting what he wanted and admitting that they were preventing his Treasury from keeping the ponzi scheme of *Freddie, Fannie, and Sallie going… everyone that the camera panned to, looked stunned… and then it was buried (at least until further use, lol)

Another interesting factor, is the “loop-hole” in the so-called “democratic process”…the electoral votes do not get cast until the middle of December, and they can be cast differently then the popular vote… and if there is no decisive winner on January 20th, the incumbent must leave the White House and, yes, the Speaker of the House takes the White House until a decision is made… Pelosi in the White House, lol…mamma mia!

Well, everyone needed to see what the private systems, from the global to the local, were truly designed for, down to the very last tool that could be thrown, for the private interests that believed that they owned those private systems and all the (beings) capital (fraudulently) placed within said private systems. As Caleb and others loved saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it”… ok, your wish is granted… and it serves the purpose of identifying the vulnerabilities in order for everyone to better create new systems that serve the highest interests of All.

Hugs, love, heartitude, and gratitude to All, by All, with All.

* Freddie Mac, Fannie MaeSallie Mae


UPDATE 1: 

From: TUCCI-JARRAF, HEATHER ANN
Subject: RE: UST ask FED to return funds
Date: Nov 20, 2020 at 12:06 PM
There was a collective sigh of satisfaction in the Cosmos when Biden picked Harris (obvious” was the meme)… will Biden announce “the trifecta?”…Biden, Harris, and… Janet Yellen (as Sec of Treasury)?  

…”…we will, we will rock you…” 🙂

UPDATE 2: 

HEATHER CALLED IT!!! I BIDEN PICKS JANET YELLEN FOR US SECRETARY OF TREASURY!!!   



—–Terran on 11/20/2020 1:06 AM wrote:

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/11/19/Mnuchin-asks-Federal-Reserve-to-return-unused-COVID-19-funds/7711605836388/


Nov. 19 (UPI) — The Treasury Department on Thursday asked the Federal Reserve to return unspent money allocated under the CARES Act to Congress, prompting criticism from the central bank.

In a letter to Fed Chair Jerome Powell, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the lending facilities were successful in their goal, making it possible for corporations, consumers and state and local governments to borrow from private markets at reasonable rates.

“While portions of the economy are still severely impacted and in need of additional fiscal support, financial conditions have responded and the use of these facilities has been limited,” said Mnuchin.

He added that he was personally involved in the drafting of the legislation and believes Congressional intent was to have the authority to originate new loans or purchase to expire on Dec. 31.

“As such, I am requesting that the Federal Reserve return the unused funds to the Treasury,” Mnuchin said.

The Fed responded to the decision in a rare public statement on Thursday.

“The Federal Reserve would prefer that the full suite of emergency facilities established during the coronavirus pandemic continue to serve their important role as a backstop for our still-strained and vulnerable economy,” the central bank said.

Earlier this week Powell said that “the next few months may be very challenging” despite positive news surrounding the delivery of an effective COVID-19 vaccine.

“The Fed will be strongly committed to using all of our tools to support the economy for as long as it takes until the job is well and truly done,” he said. “When the right time comes — and I don’t think that time is yet or very soon — we’ll put those tools away.”

Mnuchin approved a 90-day extension for Fed Facilities not affiliated with the CARES Act, focused on directing short-term business lending, general market funding and boosting banks that provided loans under the Paycheck Protection Program.

He also said the Treasury chief would be able to use other funds or receive additional funding from Congress in “the unlikely event that it becomes necessary in the future to reestablish any of these facilities.”

Update 1: Thor sends image of a shipment of Gold on Galactic Shuttle craft

THIS IS A ROUGH PHOTOSHOP CREATION OF THE IMAGE THOR SENT.  I KNOW THIS
IS A BAD PHOTOSHOP BUT I AM NOT AN ILLUSTRATOR BY TRAINING.

MARCH 25, 2020
Terran to Denice: Is Thor wanting to chat?
Thor: TERRAN. I AM WITH YOU. FEEL ME?
Thor: SENDING AN “ABUNDANT” IMAGE. NOW. THOR.
Terran: Is that yellow metal by any chance? [Verifying I was picking up the right visual stream]
Terran: Is that the hull of nonlocal vehicle? “…doesn’t look like from around here” as Texans say [The image came in very clearly, there was a far gray bulkhead with curved reinforcements on a door, It was nothing like I have seen on Earth. There were men positioning the pallets and the gold bars seem to be about 50% smaller than the typical Earth ones, but same overall quantity,  Perhaps the bars were smaller for ease of handling and manual loading on a small shuttle.]
Thor: TERRAN. ALL IS IN PLAY NOW.  FEEL ME?
Terran: Yes. 
Terran: WE ARE WITH YOU NOW. ALL IN. ALL WAYS. THOR.
Terran note:  My impression was that this is headed to the US Treasury.  There may be other countries involved as well. The conversation was short so I was not able to get additional details in that moment. Its destination is my conjecture at this point.  This is off-planet gold.  Denice has an ill family member so my time is limited with her.
Denice: (gotta go – lots of traffic in here 🙂 ) . [Denice had to cut the conversation short]


Update 1: 
(Note these are for reference, not all of them will understand completely what is going on here, but it does relate to gold and changes going on with the Treasury and they do have data to consider. I-UV.COM is of course BZ’s archive of the #HATJ filings and related documents.)

What Are The Consequences Of Being Named A Currency Manipulator: China

(Zero Hedge) As everyone knows by now, after the market closed on Monday, the US Treasury unexpectedly named China a currency manipulator, which naturally will be viewed as an escalation of the trade war and exacerbate the market sell-off, even if the PBOC briefly limited the selloff overnight by fixing the yuan slightly higher than expected (don’t expect this calm to last).

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GROUNDBREAKING: For The First Time In 25 Years, US Treasury Just Designated China A Currency Manipulator

(Zero Hedge) Following the plunge in the yuan overnight, The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday designated China as currency manipulator, a historic move that no White House had exercised since the Clinton administration.

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