23 Mar BREAKING NEWS! Okta’s suffered from a cyberattack and hundreds of companies may be affected
Okta, a tech company, admitted that hundreds of its corporate clients may have been harmed by a January attack, but it also stated that its own service had not been compromised and that the matter had been rectified.
But, first of all… What’s Okta?
Okta is a secure identity cloud that connects all of your applications, logins, and devices to create a cohesive digital fabric. With Okta, you’re up and running on day one, with access to every tool and software you need for work.
Okta, which offers technology to validate business customers’ identities and allow them to log on to work apps, said in a blog post Wednesday that hackers gained access to one of its customer support contractors’ computers in January. According to chief security officer David Bradbury, the contractors have restricted access to Okta networks. However, up to 366 customers’ systems might have been accessed during that period.
Okta will provide possibly affected customers with a report detailing what the contracting business performed on their accounts during the incident in January. Okta said customers do not need to take any “corrective actions”
“The information and actions were confined due to the access that the support engineers had,” Bradbury wrote. “While it is not required, we fully anticipate clients to want to do their own analysis.”
This week, the hacking group LAPSUS$ uploaded pictures of what looked to be inside Okta systems on Telegram, sparking widespread concern that Okta had been compromised. The screenshots were “embarrassing” for the firm, according to Bradbury.
Hacking organizations, which function nearly like businesses with their own internal hierarchies and incentives, have sprung up all over the world in recent years. These gangs have targeted small companies and huge enterprises, demanding ransom payments from victims in order to unlock data that hackers have encrypted.
These assaults have attacked businesses from practically every industry, including schools, hospitals, and even security organizations.
Bradbury stated in a thorough blog post that Okta noticed a potential security breach in January. Following an examination, it was discovered that a hacker had gained remote access to a contractor’s computer. The hacker appeared to have been in control for five days.
“While the attacker did not get access to the Okta service through account takeover, a workstation that was logged into Okta was hacked, and they were able to collect screenshots and operate the system through the (remote desktop protocol) connection,” Bradbury wrote.
He wrote that customer support contractors are not permitted to download client datasets or access source code.
With this in mind… Today Okta’s a victim of a cyberattack, tomorrow could be your company. So, consider that you must strengthen your systems before it’s too late.
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