RSA says security breach may have compromised SecurID
RSA, the Bedford-based data security division of Hopkinton’s EMC Corp., said today that an attack on its computer systems may have compromised the reliability of SecurID, one of its chief products.
SecurID is used by 40 million people in 30,000 organizations worldwide, including banks and government agencies, the company said. RSA revealed the breach in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The company said that its customers weren’t directly affected by the breach, but should tighten their security practices just in case.
SecurID randomly generates a number once a minute, displaying it on a small device carried by a user. To gain entry to a computer network protected by SecurID, the user must type in this number, along with a traditional password.
In its filing, RSA said it does not expect the breach to materially affect its financial results.