The cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, which has been at the center of false conspiracy theories since 2016, is once again in focus after a White House transcript published on Wednesday revealed President Donald Trump brought it up in his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In a complaint released on Thursday by the intelligence community, a whistleblower expressed confusion about Trump’s references to the company.
What is Crowdstrike?
Founded in 2011, Crowdstrike sells its “Falcon” cybersecurity software to big corporations and government clients, including major global banks, healthcare and energy companies, according to the company. Among its customers are Goldman Sachs, Amazon Web Services, MIT and various US states and cities. Crowdstrike says Falcon protects files saved in the cloud.
The company also helps run cybersecurity investigations for the US government. For example, Crowdstrike has tracked North Korean hackers for more than a decade, the company says. It also was tasked with tracking the hacking groups that carried out the 2014 hack on Sony Pictures.