A top cybersecurity firm from United States, FireEye, claimed to have been hacked. According to the company, an arsenal of hacking tools to test the resilience of its clients has also been stolen. FireEye’s security breach was revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission report that quoted CEO Kevin Mandia.
Through its official blog, FireEye states the red team tool was stolen as part of a sophisticated hacking operation. He added that this action used a technique that had never been seen before, as quoted by Reuters on Wednesday (9/12/2020).
Apart from theft of tools, the hack also seems to have attracted a number of FireEye customers, namely the government. The chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, said he would ask the company for further confirmation.
“We have asked the intelligence agencies concerned to notify the Committee within days of this attack, any vulnerabilities that may arise and actions to mitigate their impact,” he said.
It is not clear when the hack was carried out. However, according to a source, FireEye has been resetting user passwords for the past two weeks.
So far there is no evidence that the stolen tools were used or that client data was retrieved. But the FBI and Microsoft Corp have been asked to help investigate further.
This incident is the biggest customer that happened in the past time. As a result of hacking, FireEye also had to accept the bitter pill with its shares dropping to 8%.