One of the largest cybersecurity firms, FireEye, has been hacked. What exactly happened?
April 6, 2021
One of the largest cybersecurity firms, FireEye, has been hacked. The New York Times stresses the presence of FireEye stating that “For years, the cybersecurity firm FireEye has been the first call for government agencies and companies around the world who have been hacked by the most sophisticated attackers, or fear they might be.” The hackers in question seem to be located in or associated with Russia.
What exactly happened?
According to the New York Times, “FireEye revealed on Tuesday that its own systems were pierced by what it called “a nation with top-tier offensive capabilities.” The company said hackers used “novel techniques” to make off with its own tool kit, which could be useful in mounting new attacks around the world.” This hack was a major takedown of one of the largest cybersecurity firms. This hack and its capabilities speak volumes of what is possible in the modern cybersecurity landscape.
The New York Times states that FireEye is most popularly known for finding culprits of hacking. They state that “The $3.5 billion company, which partly makes a living by identifying the culprits in some of the world’s boldest breaches — its clients have included Sony and Equifax — declined to say explicitly who was responsible.” Fire Eye has not stated exactly what happened. However, according to the New York Times, “But its description, and the fact that the F.B.I. has turned the case over to its Russia specialists, left little doubt who the lead suspects were and that they were after what the company calls “Red Team tools.”’
What makes this hack different?
This hack is unlike many of its predecessors. This hack was cleverly hidden and incredibly bold. According to the New York Times, “In the FireEye attack, the hackers went to extraordinary lengths to avoid being seen. They created several thousand internet protocol addresses — many inside the United States — that had never before been used in attacks. By using those addresses to stage their attack, it allowed the hackers to better conceal their whereabouts.” Again, this hack is unprecedented and unlike many hacks before.
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