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FireEye, a top U.S. cybersecurity company, says it was hacked

Posted on Dec 17, 2020
FireEye, a top U.S. cybersecurity company, says it was hacked

FireEye is the cybersecurity company of choice for a number of U.S. federal agencies and states and works with the FBI and National Security Agency.

FireEye, a major U.S. cybersecurity company with extensive government contracts, has been hacked by a foreign country, it said Tuesday.

In a company blog post, CEO Kevin Mandia called it “an attack by a nation with top-tier offensive capabilities.”

In a rare emailed statement, Matt Gorham, assistant director of the FBI's Cyber Division, said that the agency "is investigating the incident and preliminary indications show an actor with a high level of sophistication consistent with a nation-state."

FireEye works with a number of U.S. federal agencies and states, including the FBI and the National Security Agency. The hackers’ primary goal appeared to be stealing information on FireEye’s government clients, Mandia said.

He did not attribute the attack to a particular country, a somewhat surprising decision considering his company pioneered the now relatively common practice of attributing hacks to elite hacker groups and naming the country employing them.

It was unclear exactly how much customer information was accessed, though Mandia said they were able to get an ancillary prize: the tools used by the company's Red Team, the section tasked with creating ways to hack into their clients in order to anticipate how to defend against new attacks.

Full article on https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/fireeye-top-u-s-cybersecurity-company-says-it-was-hacked-n1250449

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