Citrix, A Leader In Encryption, Has Been Hacked…
According to a recent NBCNews finding, the email encryption giant known as Citrix has been hacked by Iranian-backed hackers and has been for an undisclosed amount of time. This shocking revelation was discovered by the Citrix team back in December of 2018, but has since remained secret until the recent disclosure to the FBI, and as such, the general public, on March 6th, 2019.
Citrix, for those who aren’t sure, is known for its variety of secure, encrypted products that includes the email encryption-like file sharing application, Sharefile. A major player in the email encryption market, Citrix has widely been recognized as one of the authorities on security-based software.
These recent findings state that customer data, business documents, and information amassing anywhere from 6-10 TB of information may have been compromised. Citrix has not specified the time period for which the hackers may have gained access to the secure network, nor have they specified what types of files or what customer data may have been stolen.
What can I do moving forward?
While Citrix users need to wait for further notice on what steps to take regarding the information that may have been stolen from their network, the rest of us can take the necessary precautions to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again…
- First of all, make sure to change all of your passwords after you’ve finished reading this article. Your password changes will essentially help ensure that your accounts across in platform or software remain protected.
- Second, you can use the website HAVEIBEENPWNED? to find out what accounts you may have had breaches, hacks, or potential harm done to them and to what degree and severity. If you have accounts that have been compromised, make sure to change the passwords or delete the accounts altogether.
- Third, monitor all of your bank & credit card statements, as well as credit score reports if you believe that your account may have been compromised. Use a fine-tooth comb and don’t let hesitation stop you from reporting a potentially fraudulent charge to your credit card provider or banking institution.
- Lastly, make sure you are always sending sensitive or potentially dangerous-if-leaked information across an encrypted network at all times. This incident with Citrix is unfortunate, but is not commonplace in the encryption realm. It is always better to take the necessary steps to encrypt and protect your information than do nothing at all.
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Written by Peter J. Schaub
President & CEO