A cyber attack is a cyber operation, whether offensive or defensive, that is reasonably expected to cause injury or death to persons or damage or destruction to objects.

Michael Schmitt et al; Tallinn Manual 1.0, pp 92
  • Cyber Operation?
  • Expected to cause death or injury to people or damage to objects?
The Russian SVR Supply Chain Compromise of SolarWinds Orion does not match this definition. Here's a list of actual cyberattacks and and why this matters.

What happened?

Russian hackers connected to the SVR (APT29) compromised over 200 organizations including multiple US government agencies via a supply chain attack on the SolarWinds and Orion software.