Hackers Working For Foreign Power Breach Cybersecurity Giant
FireEye, the $3.5 billion Silicon Valley cybersecurity giant, said the attackers stole its proprietary "Red Team" hacking tools, used to assess a client's security and vulnerabilities. The company's stock dropped 7% in after-hours trading on Tuesday night and continued to decline in trading today.
FireEye has for years monitored cybercrime and produced regular intelligence reports on nation-state hacking. It often aided companies and government agencies targeted by hackers. That activity has made FireEye a target for an unusually sophisticated attack, FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia wrote in a blog post published Tuesday.
"This attack is different from the tens of thousands of incidents we have responded to throughout the years," Mandia wrote. "They operated clandestinely, using methods that counter security tools and forensic examination. They used a novel combination of techniques not witnessed by us or our partners in the past."
The firm is now coordinating with the FBI and Microsoft, another private sector heavyweight in the fight against nation-state hackers, Mandia wrote.
FBI cyber division assistant director Matt Gorham confirmed in a statement saying that it bears signs of "a high level of sophistication consistent with a nation state."
"It is important to note that our adversaries are continuously looking for US networks to exploit. That is why we are focused on imposing risk and consequences on malicious cyber actors, so they think twice before attempting an intrusion in the first place," Gorham said.