According to a recent executive order, US President Donald Trump announced that US Cloud services would soon be required to verify any foreign users’ identity due to national security concerns.
In announcing the executive order, Trump said, “Within 180 days of this order, the Secretary of Commerce will propose notification and suspension regulations that require IaaS service providers in the United States to verify the identity of a foreign person who obtains an account.”
The White House National Security Adviser, Robert O’Brien, said in a separate statement that this executive order would reduce malicious actors’ access to US information technology and communications services for nefarious purposes.
He added that the measure was taken in light of the recent cyber infiltration of IT company SolarWinds.
And in December, media reported that several US federal government entities and companies were targeted in a massive cyber attack after they corrupted SolarWinds and blamed a foreign party for the hack, while some blamed Russia.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied allegations that Russia was behind the cyber attack.