Hackers Say They’ve Breached Three Antivirus Companies

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Screenshots posted by Fxmsp reveal the stolen source code stored in debug information. (Image: AdvIntel)
Screenshots posted by Fxmsp reveal the stolen source code stored in debug information. (Image: AdvIntel)

A hacker collective has been advertising source code that it claims to have stolen from three top U.S. anti-virus software development firms, security researchers warn. The New York security firm says that an international cyber-crime group has penetrated the company networks of three unnamed U.S.-based antivirus firms, and has shared screenshots of stolen information, claiming that they have stolen 30 TB of data and that the identities of the three hacked firms can be deduced from these screenshots.

“The folders seem to contain information about the company’s development documentation, artificial intelligence model, web security software and anti-virus software base code,” it says.

The group is offering to sell the data, plus access to the company networks, for $300,000.

As first reported by Ars Technica, the ’boutique cyber-security firm’ Advanced Intelligence, Inc., says that a “…Russian- and English-speaking hacking collective” called Fxmsp spent the last six months trying to work its way into the anti-virus firms’ networks, and finally announced their success on April 24th.

One stolen data set seen by Advanced Intelligence seems “to contain information about the company’s development documentation, artificial intelligence model, web security software and antivirus software base code,” according to the Advanced Intelligence blog posting.

A tad concerning if true.