The FBI is investigating if the hackers supporting a series of intrusions in US national agencies and businesses also broke into project-management applications generated by the Czech-based firm JetBrains in order to breach its clients.
Privately held JetBrains creates software named TeamCity that is utilized by thousands of clients to assemble other applications. One of its customers is SolarWinds, JetBrains Chief Executive Maxim Shafirov stated from St. Petersburg, Russia, where JetBrains has offices.
SolarWinds revealed last month that someone with access to its own system for developing network-management applications had inserted back doors to two upgrades of its flagship Orion products.
Dozens of SolarWinds clients, including at least a half-dozen US bureaus, were subsequently exploited by the same hackers.
US intelligence agencies said Tuesday that Russia was likely behind the damaging spree, though Russian officials denied it.
The FBI and cybersecurity officials at the Department of Homeland Security had no immediate comment.
Shafirov said his company had fielded inquiries from SolarWinds but that he had not heard anything about JetBrains software being the hackers’ route into SolarWinds or other customers.
“We are not aware of any investigation nor have we been contacted by some other agencies,” a JetBrains spokesman said.
“We aren’t aware of any vulnerabilities in the solution or breaches that would allow for this, nor that any of our customers were affected.”
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Joseph Menn, Jack Stubbs and Christopeher Bing. Editing by Leslie Adler and Lisa Shumaker.
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