FBI PROBING POSTCARD SENT TO FIREEYE CEO AFTER FIRM WAS HACKED
The FBI is investigating a mysterious postcard sent to the home of cybersecurity firm FireEye’s chief executive days after it found initial evidence of a suspected Russian hacking operation on dozens of US government agencies and private American companies, Christopher Bing reported for Reuters.
US officials familiar with the postcard are investigating whether it was sent by people associated with a Russian intelligence service due its timing and content, which suggests internal knowledge of last year’s hack well before it was publicly disclosed in December.
Moscow has denied involvement in the hack, which US intelligence agencies publicly attributed here to Russian state actors.
The postcard carries FireEye’s logo, is addressed to CEO Kevin Mandia, and calls into question the ability of the Milpitas, California-based firm to accurately attribute cyber operations to the Russian government.
People familiar with Mandia’s postcard summarized its content to Reuters. It shows a cartoon with the text: “Hey look Russians” and “Putin did it!”
A former US intelligence official said the postcard reminded him of a now public mission by US Cyber Command where they sent private messages to Russian hackers ahead of the 2018 congressional elections in the United States.
“The message then from the U.S. was ‘watch your back, we see you’ similar to here,” the former official said.
The opaque message itself did not help FireEye find the breach, but rather arrived in the early stages of its investigation.
This has led people familiar with the matter to believe the sender was attempting to “troll” or push the company off the trail by intimidating a senior executive.
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