FireEye, a Top Cybersecurity Firm, Says It Was Hacked by a Nation-State

FireEye, a Top Cybersecurity Firm, Says It Was Hacked by a Nation-State

Posted December 8, 2020

FireEye, a Top Cybersecurity Firm, Says It Was Hacked by a Nation-State

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Security firms have been a frequent target for nation-states and hackers, in part because their tools maintain a deep level of access to corporate and government clients all over the world. By hacking into those tools and stealing source code, spies and hackers can gain a foothold to victims’ systems.

– David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth | December 8, 2020