New cybersecurity tool lets companies Google their systems for hackers

CNET | 3/4/2019 | Laura Hautala
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Experts believe Russian hackers infiltrated the Democratic National Committee's computer networks in 2016 but the DNC didn't find out until too late. After all, it isn't like they could use something as simple as a search engine to scan the network for hackers.

Backstory, a new product unveiled Monday, aims to do just that. And it's hardly a surprise that Chronicle, the company behind Backstory, is using the search engine model: The cybersecurity company is building on Google's internal security tools.

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"If the DNC had Backstory on their network, they would have been able to see this activity and they would have been able to stop it," said Mike Wiacek, chief security officer Chronicle, at a launch event.

Backstory came about when Wiacek and his Chronicle co-founders found a way to take Google's internal cybersecurity tools and make them available to other companies. Chronicle is a spin-off of X, the moonshot factory owned by Google-parent Alphabet.

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The tool is the latest example of Google technology doing what it's best known for: storing and indexing petabytes of information, making it easy to search through quickly. The idea isn't a new concept in cybersecurity. But Chronicle clearly thinks it can do the job.

PACCAR, a company that designs and manufactures commercial vehicles, is an early customer of Chronicle.

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