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EMC's Security Division Suffered 'Sophisticated Cyber Attack'

EMC ’s (NYSE:EMC) RSA security division said it experienced an “extremely sophisticated cyber attack” against its two-step authentication processes used by customers to protect valuable information.The company believes some information was extracted from the products, called SecurID, during the attack.The Hopkinton, Mass.-based company, which rated the attack an Advanced Persistent Threat, said it is investigating the issue and has contacted the appropriate authorities.“Like any large company, EMC experiences and successfully repels multiple cyber attacks on its IT infrastructure every day,” The company’s executive chairman Art Coviello. “We took a variety of aggressive measures against the threat to protect our business and our customers, including further hardening our IT infrastructure.”Coviello said the company is confident that the information extracted does not enable a successful direct attack on any of its RSA SecurID customers, though he warned the information could potentiall...

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