Juniper Networks VPN Firewall security breach probed by the FBI

Juniper Networks is working with the FBI to clear up any possible issue of non-US Governmental infiltration with a recent vulnerability.

Published Sat, Dec 19 2015 10:02 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:02 PM CST

Juniper Networks has had quite the week. On Thursday it seems that some unauthorized code was found to have been inserted into their ScreenOS, which forms the basis for their hardware filewalls. This malicious code would allow a backdoor into the firewall, letting potential attackers decrypt VPN traffic with the keys found inside.

Juniper Networks VPN Firewall security breach probed by the FBI |

The fun doesn't stop there, however. Now the FBI has now gotten involved and will be investigating the possibility of whether foreign governments had been involved with inserting the malicious code for the purposes of intercepting encrypted communications from government employees.

And even in the non-governmental sector, Juniper is a widely used brand of IT security products, so it can't be ruled out that it was a privately funded and conducted attack with motivations not tied to any government.

Thankfully, security patches have been issued that fix this issue, and there is currently no evidence that this particular exploit had ever been used. Though we might never know due to how clever individuals could hide their tracks very easily with this code installed.


Jeff grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he fell in love with gaming and building his own PC’s. He's a huge fan of any genre of gaming from RTS to FPS, but especially favors space-sims. Now he's stepped into the adult world by becoming a professional student looking to break into the IT Security world. When he’s not deep in his studies, he’s deep in a new game, revisiting an old game, or testing the extreme limits of his own PC. He's now a news contributor for TweakTown, looking to bring a unique view on technology and gaming.

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