WASHINGTON DC – Russian intelligence agency reportedly carried out a sophisticated cyberwar attack that struck several US federal agencies and private companies including Microsoft.

US national security agencies issued a joint statement Wednesday acknowledging a “significant and ongoing hacking campaign” that’s affecting the federal government. It’s still unclear how many agencies are affected or what information hackers might’ve stolen so far, but by all accounts the malware is extremely powerful. According to analysis by Microsoft and security firm FireEye, both of which were also infected with the malware, it gives hackers broad reach into impacted systems.

On Thursday, Politico reported that systems at the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration were also affected. Also on Thursday, Microsoft said it had identified more than 40 customers that were targeted in the hack. More information is likely to emerge about the hack and its aftermath. Here’s what you need to know about the SolarWinds hack:

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