US cyberattack: Around 50 organizations ‘genuinely impacted’ with significant breach says FireEye

One of the largest cybersecurity companies in the US, FireEye said that the widespread hack of US government networks had genuinely impacted about 50 organizations.

Kevin Mandia CEO of FireEye said that even though 18,000 organizations had malicious code in their networks, it was 50 of them that had suffered major impact and security breaches. Some of the affected organizations include the US Treasury and departments of homeland security, state, and defense among others.

It was reported that hackers installed malware on the software used by the US Treasury and Commerce Departments and this allowed them to view internal email traffic. Department of Energy said that it was hit due to the cyberattack but also said that it was able to disconnect the systems from its network.

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