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Spies with Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service Believed to have Hacked a top American Cybersecurity Firm, Stolen its Sensitive Tools

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FireEye headquarters in Milpitas, CA.

Russian spies broke into the servers of one of the worlds premier cybersecurity firms, FireEye, the company says.

Credit: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters

The same Russian spies who penetrated the White House and State Department several years ago and have attempted to steal coronavirus vaccine research have carried off another brazen hack, this time breaking into the servers of one of the world's premier cybersecurity firms, FireEye, according to people familiar with the matter.

The breach was disclosed by FireEye on Tuesday, though the firm did not attribute it to Russia's foreign intelligence service. It was detected in recent weeks, said one of the people, who like others interviewed for this story spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia said the hackers stole sensitive hacking tools that the company uses to detect weaknesses in customers' computer networks and that could be turned back against the same customers or others. He said they primarily went after information related to certain government customers.


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