SolarWinds hackers who wreaked havoc across federal government networks last year — one of the largest cybersecurity incidents in U.S. history — may have been stopped or minimized if basic security measures had been in place, a government official says. In a June 3 letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., first reported by Reuters and verified by The Hill, Cybersecurity, and Infrastructure Security Agency acting director Brandon Wales said Wyden was right to question if firewalls placed in victim agency systems could have helped block the malware virus.

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