March 18, 2011 – EMC is investigating an apparent advanced persistent threat cyber attack against its RSA security division.

The security breach included information extracted from RSA’s SecurID products, which has about 25,000 customers, according to EMC. EMC stated in a news release that it is “confident” the stolen information does not enable a direct attack on those customers, and that no customer information with other products has been impacted. However, the security information could be used to reduce effectiveness of SecurID’s two-factor authentication process as part of a broader attack.

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