ORACLE, N.Y. — Oracle Database is one of the most popular databases in the world.
But as it is widely used by businesses, universities and government agencies around the world, it is also vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Oracle is one example of the many security weaknesses in the popular database, which has grown to become one of Oracle’s most valuable assets.
“We do not know the extent of the damage that this could do to our database,” Oracle spokeswoman Elizabeth Miller told NBC News.
It could cause a large loss of business, or cause Oracle to lose revenue or suffer other consequences, Miller said.
Oracle has not disclosed what kind of damages could be caused by a breach of the database.
Oracle’s customers include the FBI, the U.S. Navy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United States Army, the Department of Energy, the Navy Reserve, the Environmental Protection Agency, the New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Aviation Administration, some U.N. agencies and some governments.
Oracle is also the subject of a criminal investigation into whether it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or FICO, a law designed to hold companies and executives accountable when they commit fraud.
The FBI is investigating whether Oracle’s business models may have allowed the company to avoid reporting a crime, according to an FBI spokesman, Mark Saperstein.
Sapersteins statement said the bureau has contacted Oracle and has been in contact with Oracle’s chief financial officer.
The FBI has not identified the companies it is looking at.
In a blog post earlier this year, Sapersties wrote that the FBI has asked Oracle to provide a copy of its financial statements and other information to help it determine how many criminal charges could be filed.
While Oracle said it is cooperating with the FBI’s investigation, it said the FBI investigation is separate from the criminal probe.
It said the Justice Department will continue to monitor Oracle’s operations and its business models.
According to the FBI spokesman’s statement, the FBI is not aware of any criminal activity involving Oracle.
Earlier this year it was revealed that Oracle was facing a federal fraud investigation.
That investigation was brought on by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, which is investigating Oracle’s finances and the way it handled the bankruptcy of Sun Microsystems, a company that Oracle acquired in 2010.
If convicted, Oracle could face fines and other penalties, according the SEC’s website.
Saperstein’s blog post does not include the details of the FBI inquiry.
An attorney for Oracle did not immediately respond to a request for comment.