Synopsys hit by hackers: detected unauthorized access to its web portal
18 November, 2015
The unauthorized access began in July 2015, and was discovered by Synopsys in October 2015. "We believe this will have limited impact on our customers"
The unauthorized access began in July 2015, and was discovered by Synopsys in October 2015. “We believe this will have limited impact on our customers,” said Aart de Geus, chairman of Synopsys”
The American electronic design automation (EDA) giant, Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) investigates cyber breach in its system. Lately Synopsys has begun informing customers that it recently discovered unauthorized third-party access to its EDA, IP and optical products and product license files through its customer-facing license and product delivery system.
Based on the investigation, Synopsys has determined that no customer project or design data in this system was accessed, and there is no indication that this incident affected any other Synopsys systems. The unauthorized access began in July 2015, and was discovered by Synopsys in October 2015. In response, Synopsys closed the method used to gain access and engaged Mandiant, a FireEye company and a leading computer forensics company, to assist the investigation.
The company said that the affected license and product delivery system does not store personally identifiable information (PII) or payment card information (PCI). “We believe this unauthorized access will have limited impact on Synopsys and our customers,” said Aart de Geus, chairman of Synopsys.
“In this era of all-too-common attempts to improperly access and use software and other information, we take such matters seriously and have notified law enforcement. We regret any concern or inconvenience this may cause our valued customers. We will continue to assess and evolve our security practices and will work with our customers in this effort.”
Synopsys does not expect this incident to have an impact on Synopsys financial results or guidance.