AUSTIN — An Austin company is at the center of an investigation into a cyberattack on multiple federal agencies.

Various news sources have reported the hackers, backed by a foreign government, stole information from multiple agencies, including the Commerce and Treasury departments and Homeland Security.

The cyber spies are thought to have gotten access by tampering with updates released by Austin-based SolarWinds, which provides networking software.

Since first being reported Dec. 13 by Reuters, the federal investigation has expanded beyond the SolarWinds breach.

SolarWinds was founded in Tulsa in 1999 and moved its headquarters to Austin in 2006, according to its website. The company has more than 3,200 employees globally and about 320,000 customers in 190 countries.

In a Dec. 14 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, SolarWinds said it was unable to predict the financial damages the company would suffer.

In the days after the attack was reported, SolarWind’s stock prices fell more than 15%.

Chris Cobler reports on the state capitol for The Texas Press Association and its member newspapers. Contact him at ccobler@texaspress. com

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