Last Updated on December 23, 2020
In a pre-Christmas statement, Joe Biden blamed the SolarWinds cyber attack on Russia with zero evidence, citing similar claims made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General William Barr.
Biden failed to mention anything about the breached company’s questionable ties to China.
Biden partially blamed the cyberattack on President Trump’s decision to fire the Director of the Cyberspace and Infrastructure Security Agency. Former CISA Director Chris Krebs served as the head of the agency from November 16, 2018-November 17, 2020. It should be noted that according to the federal government, SolarWinds was compromised in March while Krebs was still in office.
“Initial indications, including from Secretary Pompeo, Secretary of State, and Attorney General William Barr, suggest that Russia, Russia is the responsible for this breach” said Biden. He added that he “was pleased to see leaders in both parties in the Congress speak out loudly and clearly on this attack. Again, I want to thank prominent Republicans in the Senate particularly for speaking out.”
The former Vice President failed to mention anything about the questionable ties between SolarWinds and China beginning to make their way into public view, as National File reported.
SolarWinds director Seth Boro, a man who was instrumental in starting the private equity firm known as Thoma Bravo, “currently serves on the board of directors of several software and technology service companies in which certain investment funds advised by Thoma Bravo hold an investment,” according to his biography on the SolarWinds website.
In 2019, Thoma Bravo bought JD Power for $1.88 billion from XIO Group, a mysterious Chinese company based in Hong Kong.
“Thoma Bravo has agreed to purchase JD Power, a Delaware-based provider of data analytics and market research for dozens of industries, from China’s XIO Group, with Axios reporting a price of $1.88 billion. XIO bought JD Power for some $1.1 billion in 2016,” Pitchbook reported.
SolarWinds investors such as Thoma Bravo and Silver Lake, who have questionable ties to China, dumped hundreds of millions in SolarWinds shares just days before the announcement of the breach, as National File reported.
According to his biography on the Silver Lake website, Kenneth Hao “led the establishment of the firm’s offices in China and Japan and led Silver Lake’s investments in Alibaba Group” from 2008-2011.
Silver Lake also notes that “Hao currently serves as a director on the boards” of several companies, including SolarWinds.
According to the Washington Post, SolarWinds investors traded a total of $280 million in stock before the official announcement of the breach, raising questions about potential insider trading. Silver Lake sold $158 million in SolarWinds shares six days before the SolarWinds breach was announced.
On December 19, President Donald Trump said the SolarWinds Cyberattack “may be” China and that the breach may have impacted US voting machines. as National File reported.
National File confirmed that Dominion Voting Systems uses SolarWinds products, specifically, the Serv-U product.
So, I’ve seen folks pointing out that Dominion Voting Systems uses #SolarWinds.
DVS definitely uses the SolarWinds Serv-U product; however, according to @AlexaCorse, they do not use the Orion product line. (1/n)
— Jon Gorenflo 🇺🇦🌻 (@flakpaket) December 15, 2020
As the country awaits the official report on foreign election interference, which was delayed by DNI John Ratcliffe amid the announcement of the SolarWinds breach due to new intelligence surrounding Chinese operations information as National File reported, Americans are waiting to understand the full extent of the foreign interference that occurred during the 2020 US election.