US cyber-attack: Russia ‘clearly’ behind SolarWinds operation, says Pompeo

SolarWinds Orion, the computer network tool at the source of the breach, earlier said that 18,000 of its 300,000 customers might have been affected, but there is no indication that significant theft of customer or citizen data was an aim of the cyber-attack.

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