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FireEye Says it didn’t Hack Back into Chinese Attackers’ Laptops


FireEye the cyber-security company based in USA has refuted claims which the entire past week have been spreading across social media regarding unlawful "hack back" into certain cyber-espionage syndicate of the Chinese nation-state. The claims as well as the discussions on social media began following release of the book titled "The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age," which New York Times journalist on national security David Sanger had authored.


Sanger, in his book, writes about Mandiant a cyber company which apparently broke into Chinese hackers' laptops following which it turned on the cameras of the devices so the hackers could be tracked in what was the company's effort towards connecting cyber-espionage operations with the Chinese syndicate called APT1.


But according to FireEye, June 25th, Sanger wrongly characterized its investigative efforts, indicating it neither ever performs nor ever approves techniques of "hack back" policies. In a formal statement FireEye said that Mr. Sanger's enumeration about what way Mandiant acquired a few of the clues that were basic to APT1 were responsible for severe mischaracterization of the attempts for probe by the security company.


Sanger's book tells that immediately when Mandiant's researchers found Chinese hackers infiltrating a few of the cyber company's client private networks, the researchers accessed reversely via the network and switched on the cameras donning laptops of the hackers. The researchers could see the hackers' strokes on their keyboards as they operated the laptops.


The hackers had put on leather jackets while sometimes doing the government's work, otherwise executing cyber-crimes. Cso.com posted this, June 26, 2018.


Threat Intelligence Managing Director Dan McWhorter at CyberScoop wrote simultaneous of reporting on APT1 that the company perceived no single entity being able to comprehend the whole rather complex scenario which one lone group's intense cyber surveillance over many years created. The company therefore would wait for getting the sweep of discussions as well as data likely to get generated from its current report.


FireEye said it had left the hacked computers unchanged while watched the hackers' activities, as well as that its employees didn't employ any offensive hacking tactics at any point of time.

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