Black hat hackers have stolen more than $25 million from an Internet security firm, according to a new report from cybersecurity firm FireEye.
Black hat hackers and cybercriminals have been taking over major companies in recent years, including Adobe Systems Inc., the world’s largest maker of software, and a major telecommunications company.
FireEye’s report shows that hackers breached two U.S. companies, including the security firm Accenture, in October and March, but also stole more than a dozen other companies.
The firm said in a statement that the two companies were targeted by hackers who breached Adobe Systems to steal credentials, data, and other sensitive information, and then sold it to hackers.
Black hats are people who have no formal training and no experience hacking.
They gain access to networks by using tools, such as spear phishing, that are designed to look like normal Internet traffic.
It is possible to compromise a company’s network through spear phishers who gain access by pretending to be legitimate users and then masquerading as someone else.
Blackhat hackers have been targeting companies for years, and the firms they steal from are among the most vulnerable to cyberattacks, FireEye said.
The researchers said Blackhat hackers also targeted other U.K. firms, including British Airways Group Plc, the company behind the Air France Flight 847 crash in 2010, and American Airlines Group Inc., which lost $25.5 million in 2015 to a group of hackers called Lizard Squad.
Black Hat is also targeting companies that do business with the U.N. General Assembly, which is in session at the U: Congress.
FireEye researchers said it was likely Black Hat hackers had stolen data from the U.: Congress and other U: governments, which includes the U; the United States, which handles most of the U:’s financial transactions; and other institutions, such in the private sector, according the report.
Black Hats target U.
Ns. financial transactions because they are the ones that have the most sensitive financial information on their systems.
And if Black Hat is able to get into their systems, they are very likely to be able to steal their data,” said FireEye CEO Michael Pachter.