Cloudflare, the internet security firm, disclosed on Thursday that it successfully thwarted an advanced group of hackers who attempted to infiltrate its global network late last year.
In a statement and subsequent blog post, the company revealed that the cyber-espionage attempt was detected on Thanksgiving in late November, and prompt action led to the ejection of the intruders the following day.
While Cloudflare did not identify the specific hackers involved, it acknowledged that the infiltrators managed to access “some documentation and a limited amount of source code.” However, the company emphasized that the operational impact of the breach was “extremely limited.” The incident underscores the ongoing challenges faced by internet security providers in safeguarding critical networks against sophisticated cyber threats.
“Based on our collaboration with colleagues in the industry and government, we believe that this attack was performed by a nation-state attacker with the goal of obtaining persistent and widespread access to Cloudflare’s global network,” stated Cloudflare in its blog post, shedding light on the potential motivations behind the intrusion.
Following the detection of the breach, Cloudflare enlisted the expertise of cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike to assist in remediation efforts. According to Cloudflare, CrowdStrike confirmed that the last evidence of “threat activity” was observed on November 24. Despite Cloudflare’s collaboration with industry experts and government agencies, the hackers’ identity and the nation-state behind the attack remain undisclosed.
As of now, neither CrowdStrike nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have provided public comments or responses to inquiries regarding the incident, Reuters news report said.
Cloudflare, based in San Francisco, is a prominent provider of web and application services, offering critical functions such as content delivery and network protection. A substantial portion of the internet relies on Cloudflare’s infrastructure to deliver web content to users. Any disruption to its network could potentially result in widespread consequences, underscoring the significance of robust cybersecurity measures in an era of escalating cyber threats.