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How did the US government get hacked?


Hackers gained access to U.S. government systems in a months-long act of cyberespionage. While the full extent of the security breach is still being determined, Tarah Wheeler explains the third-party software vulnerability that enabled the hack, and what the incoming Biden administration’s priorities should be to meet a higher bar for U.S. cybersecurity.

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Tarah Wheeler

Cyber Project Fellow - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

International Security Fellow - New America


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