The recent news of FireEye’s security breach has sent shockwaves through the cybersecurity community. What’s more worrisome is the fact that CEO Kevin Mandia has gone on record stating that the attack is the result of state-sponsored cyber attacks.
As modern technology and cybersecurity threats evolve, their use as tools of war and espionage have been increasing. The normal rules of warfare don’t readily apply in this theater of conflict, however, which means that private businesses and even individuals can get caught up in state-sponsored attacks. Here, we’ll break down the who, what, and how of state-sponsored cyber attacks and how they impact businesses in the United States.