Nobody is Safe

How a Senior Threat Intelligence Analyst Fell Victim to Hackers

By Michael Fiorito

Imagine that hackers have spent a year inside your computer, compromised your internal and external email to customers and partners. Imagine the embarrassment! Imagine that the hackers also have access to your personal information. What’s more, imagine that you were a security professional.

That nightmare scenario became reality for Mandiant Security and one of its employees, Adi Peretz. 

Peretz, who works as a ‎Senior Threat Intelligence Analyst, has become the victim of “Operation #LeakTheAnalyst” – an attack which appears to be a strike at the “legitimate” security industry.

The attackers tracked Peretz through the Windows Find My Device feature, linked to his Surface Pro laptop. The hackers also apparently broke into, and defaced, his LinkedIn page. Peretz’s profile has since been deleted.

Here is what the attackers wrote in the wake of the hack:

“Nobody understands the amount of dedication it takes to break into a highly secured network, to bypass every state of the art security measure installed to make a targeted network unbreakable, to code and hack not for the money but for the pleasure of being somewhere no one can be in, to be addicted to pain.
From time to time there is a know-it-all security professional tries to read your sick mind and blow your breach plan up to hell.
For a long time we – the 31337 hackers – tried to avoid these fancy a**  “Analysts” whom trying to trace our attack footprints back to us and prove they are better than us. In the #LeakTheAnalyst operation we say f*ck the consequence let’s track them on Facebook, Linked-in, Tweeter, etc. let’s go after everything they’ve got, let’s go after their countries, let’s trash their reputation in the field. If during your stealth operation you pwned an analyst, target him and leak his personal and professional data, as a side job of course ;).”

Bottom line: Nobody Is Safe.

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