Security firm RSA warns that its servers have been hacked

Hackers have broken into the servers of RSA, the security division of EMC, and stolen information related to the company’s SecurID two-factor authentication products.

That’s the astonishing announcement made by Art Coviello, RSA’s executive chairman, in an open letter published for the firm’s thousands of corporate and government customers around the world.

Many companies and organizations use RSA’s SecurID tokens – which display a sequence of numbers that change every 30 seconds or so – as an additional level of security when staff log in to their networks. You may also have been given something similar by your online bank, as a means to authenticate that you are who you say you are when you try to access your account.

Coviello doesn’t give much information about the nature of what he calls the “extremely sophisticated cyber attack” against the company, and…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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