Okta authentication firm investigates reports of digital breaches

Authentication service provider Okta is investigating a report of a digital breach, the company said Tuesday, after hackers posted screenshots showing what their company’s internal environment claimed.

A hack on Okta could have big consequences as thousands of other companies rely on San Francisco-based firms to manage access to their own networks and applications.

The company was aware of the report and was investigating, Okta official Chris Hollis said in a brief statement.

“We will provide updates as more information becomes available,” he added.

The screenshots were posted on their telegram channel late Monday by a group of ransom-seeking hackers known as Lapsus 7. In an accompanying message, the group said its focus was “on Okta customers only.”

Security experts told Reuters that the screenshots appeared to be authentic.

“I do believe it’s credible,” said Bill Demirkapi, an independent security researcher, who described Okta’s internal ticketing and Slack messaging app’s picture of its in-house chat.

Dan Tentler, founder of cybersecurity consultancy Forbes Group, said he also believed the breach was real and called on Okta customers to be “very careful now”.

In an email, Tentler added, “Timestamps and dates are visible in the screenshots pointing to January 21 of this year, suggesting that they may have had access for two months.”

Thomson Reuters 2022

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