Juniper faces many questions after spying code planted in software
The discovery of spying code nestled deeply in Juniper’s networking equipment, the latest example of a major IT vendor caught up in an damaging cyberattack, raises many questions.
Juniper said Thursday that one of its firewall operating systems had been modified to allow secret access, posing a huge threat to companies and organizations using the equipment.
Security experts wondered how the modifications could have been made years ago to some of Juniper’s most sensitive source code without it knowing until recently. Companies try to vigorously protect their source code, which is an IT company’s core intellectual property.
But the fact that Juniper’s Chief Information Officer, Bob Worrell, came forward with the findings has been met with praise, although there is hope the company will soon provide greater detail.