FireEye: the hacked security company
Cybercrime does not really limit these targets.
Indeed, the computer security company, whose specialty is to hunt hackers has itself been hit by an attack. We are talking about FireEye, an American company that is known in the cybersecurity sector.
Being usually the one called to respond to computer attacks, the U.S. company said on Tuesday that it had the idea of a rather complex attack. The company claims to have turned its suspicions to a state, which may have sponsored the computer incident. This corresponds to a situation in which the company allegedly intervened, in response to computer attacks, in which states were involved.
The company, in its blog, tried to inform the best of its customers and the people who follow news.
"We were recently attacked by a highly sophisticated player whose discipline, operational security and techniques lead us to believe it was a state-sponsored attack," the California-based company's blog read.
"Based on my 25 years of experience in cybersecurity, I have concluded that we are witnessing an attack by a nation with high-level offensive capabilities," said Kevin Mandia, the group's boss.
According to the latter, the hackers operated "clandestinely, using methods that outwit security tools and leave no trace". For its part, the American company itself mentioned that it had "never encountered such technical combinations in the past".
On the financial side, such a cyberattack has indeed sparked. The cybersecurity firm's stock would have been close to 8% just before the closing session in electronic trading.
Backed by the U.S. Federal Police, the FBI and several other partners, Redmond's Microsoft giant, the company says it is conducting its investigations. "Their initial analysis confirms our conclusion that this is the work of a highly sophisticated state-sponsored hacking using new techniques," fireEye's chief official said.
According to the U.S. computer security agency, CISA, the computer attack suffered by the Californian company is beautiful and well emanating from "a actor with a very sophisticated threat".
The IT security company said that cybercriminals targeted mainly information held by the company, about its government customers. This is, of course, part of state-sponsored cyber espionage. In addition, the company has meant that cybercriminals have been able to access a set of software used by the company to conduct tests on its customers' computer systems.
In this circumstance, it is held that no one is immune to cybercrime even the most picky and protected as we often seem.
To prevent the testing tools used by the cybersecurity firm from being used by hackers in malicious acts, FireEye has given instructions and methods to detect their use to the extent that cyber criminals decide to use them."As a precautionary measure, we have developed 300 counter measures to use for our customers to minimize the potential impact of this software theft," the California-based company said.
On the political front, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, Democrat Mark Warner, also said, "The hacking of a leading cybersecurity firm demonstrates that even the most sophisticated companies are vulnerable." He also praised the U.S. security company for agreeing to disclose the term to the general public "to serve as an example to other entities facing similar attacks." "While we have called for companies to take real steps to secure their systems, this case also shows the difficulty of arresting determined hackers from nation states," the senator added in his statement. He called on stakeholders to "rethink the kind of IT assistance that the government can provide to U.S. companies in key sectors on which we all depend."
It must be said that the Californian security company, has been very active for actions to identify cyber-malicious actions perpetrated by hackers employed by nation states such as North Korea.
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