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Citrix says its network was breached by international criminals

Enlarge / The query window for username and password on a Web page can be seen onJens Büttner / Getty Images Virtualization and software provider Citrix said its internal network was breached by international criminals who most likely exploited weak passwords to gain limited access before working to gain more privileged control. 1 9659005] The notice published Friday morning sends shockwaves through security circles because Citrix's products and services are used by more than 400,000 organizations around the world, including 98 percent of the Fortune 500. Citrix is ​​also widely used by governments and militaries. An intrusion by overseas hackers carries the risk of exposing technical information that could compromise the networks of customers. Citrix said it was not known what specific data was, but an initial investigation appears to show the attackers may have obtained business Documents. For now, company officials said, there is no indication that the security of any Citrix product or service was compromised. The company has commenced a forensic investigation and engaged a security firm to assist. Citrix also took unspecified actions to better secure the internal network. Citrix said it was contacted by the FBI on Wednesday and that the agency said it had reason to believe the Citrix network was breached. "While not confirmed, The FBI has advised that the hackers are probably used as tactic known as password spraying, a technique that exploits weak passwords, ”Friday's statement read. "When they got into foothold with limited access, they worked to additionally cover additional…

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Virtualization and software provider Citrix said its internal network was breached by international criminals who most likely exploited weak passwords to gain limited access before working to gain more privileged control. 1

9659005] The notice published Friday morning sends shockwaves through security circles because Citrix’s products and services are used by more than 400,000 organizations around the world, including 98 percent of the Fortune 500. Citrix is ​​also widely used by governments and militaries. An intrusion by overseas hackers carries the risk of exposing technical information that could compromise the networks of customers.

Citrix said it was not known what specific data was, but an initial investigation appears to show the attackers may have obtained business Documents. For now, company officials said, there is no indication that the security of any Citrix product or service was compromised. The company has commenced a forensic investigation and engaged a security firm to assist. Citrix also took unspecified actions to better secure the internal network.

Citrix said it was contacted by the FBI on Wednesday and that the agency said it had reason to believe the Citrix network was breached.

“While not confirmed, The FBI has advised that the hackers are probably used as tactic known as password spraying, a technique that exploits weak passwords, ”Friday’s statement read. “When they got into foothold with limited access, they worked to additionally cover additional layers of security.”

Citrix over the past two months. In other words, the resecurity president Charles Yoo declined to provide details that would help outside researchers corroborate the report.

Citrix said its inquiry into the intrusion is “moving as quickly as possible, with” the understanding that these investigations are complex, dynamic and require time to conduct properly. ”Until more details are available, it’s too early to know the scope of the breach or its effect on customers.

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