FireEye Russian Hack Not Bigly

Hackers from a group known as APT 29 or Cozy Bear, attributed to Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service, carried out the breach against U.S.-based FireEye. Attackers made off with some of its offensive tools but almost certainly not as devastating as it may first sound. FireEye uses its “red team” tools to mimic those used in real attacks and look for vulnerabilities in its customers’ digital systems the way real adversaries would. FireEye is offering more than 300 “countermeasures” meant to make it more difficult for Russia to use the stolen hacking tools effectively. The company has incorporated these digital antidotes, essentially detection mechanisms and blocking tools, into its own security products, has shared them with other firms, and has released them publicly.

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