Security firm RSA blames nation state for attack on its servers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

RSA has revealed that it believes two groups, working on behalf of a single nation state, hacked into its servers and stole information related to the company’s SecurID two-factor authentication products.

Speaking at the RSA Security Conference in London, RSA’s executive chairman Art Coviello described the high profile attack that made headlines around the world.

“There were two individual groups from one nation state, one supporting the other. One was very visible and one less so.. We’ve not attributed it to a particular nation state although we’re very confident that with the skill, sophistication and resources involved it could only have been a nation state.”

Inevitably, people are likely to assume that China might have been involved in the attack – but there’s nothing in RSA’s statements to either implicate China or to…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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