Source Code Management a Weak Spot in Aurora Attacks

Thursday Mar 4th 2010 by Staff

Experts encourage businesses to take steps to safeguard their source code.

PCWorld: Security vendor McAfee has released a report detailing the way hackers accessed source code during the recent targeted attacks on Google, Adobe, Intel, and others. George Kurtz, McAfee's chief technology officer, says that the problem is source code management systems which "are underprotected and not very well monitored." He adds that "These systems are designed so you can have multiple people around the world working on them," and that gives criminals more opportunities to find a weakness and access the system.

Kurtz encourages companies to beef up the authentication and other security measures protecting these systems, saying "If that's your crown jewels, you might want to think twice about how you're protected."

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