One of the US’s leading cybersecurity firms, FireEye, has stated that it was been hacked by a state-sponsored attacker. Hackers targeted and got an access to the firm’s most crucial Red Team tools, which it uses to test customer security and find vulnerabilities. Now there’s concern that the hackers could release these tools publicly or use them to attack others, though there is no evidence that this has happened yet. FireEye says that it does not believe any customer information was taken.
With this attack FireEye share values was dropped to around 7 percent in after-hours trading. It was reported by the US Senator Mark Warner, who serves as vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-chairs the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus.The disclosure did not say when the hack took place or when FireEye became aware of it.
In response to the attack, FireEye said it has developed over 300 countermeasures to help its customers and the cybersecurity community defends against the stolen tools. It’s implemented these countermeasures into its own security products, shared them with “colleagues in the security community,” and is making them publicly available. FireEye intends to share further countermeasures as they become available.