Advanced persistent threat that began with phishing email

Synopsis

Two separate hacker groups worked in collaboration with a foreign government to launch a series of phishing attacks against RSA employees, posing as people the employees trusted, to penetrate the company's network. The impact of the cyberattack that stole information on the SecurID authentication tokens is still debated, the company's CEO said “I felt like a cannonball had been shot through my stomach” when describing the moment he was told about it.

The company claimed that no customers' networks were breached but security professionals have been skeptical on this. Their parent company reported that it spent at least $66 million remediating the event.

Among the lessons are that even security companies are not immune to being hacked.

Analyst

Courtenay Brammar

Experienced global enterprise risk and governance professional. Previously Vice President at Morgan Stanley, Deloitte Risk Advisory practitioner and PRMIA steering committee member in both London and New York.

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  • EMC Corporation
  • RSA Security LLC

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