Account that! 5mn emails potentially exposed in Deloitte cyber-attack

by Frankie Norman September 28, 2017, 0:10
Account that! 5mn emails potentially exposed in Deloitte cyber-attack

Its clients who have had confidential information breached are believed to include some of the world's biggest banks, multinationals, pharmaceutical firms and United States government agencies. The companies include household names as well as USA government departments. Six of its clients have been informed that their data was "impacted" during the breach, though Deloitte didn't specify which ones.

The emails of 244,000 Deloitte employees, worldwide, were stored on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform.

Accountancy firm Deloitte was the victim of a cybersecurity attack that could have put 5 million emails, and other sensitive business data at risk, The Guardian reported.

Data from clients across all these sectors was present in the company email system that was hacked. "That amount is a very small fraction of the amount that has been suggested".

Six clients have reportedly been notified that their information was impacted by the breach. In response, the firm confirmed it had suffered a cyber-attack, but played down the significance by saying "only very few clients were impacted".

Deloitte said it immediately contacted government authorities and the affected clients after discovering the hack, which stemmed from a breach in an email platform, the firm said in a statement.

So far, according to The Guardian, six of Deloitte's clients have been told their information was "impacted" by the incident, they include "household names" and U.S. government departments.

Deloitte is conducting an internal investigation to map out where the hackers went by analyzing the trail of the electronic searches. The firm's CyberIntelligence Centre offers round-the-clock business-focussed operational security and it also helps clients in implementing cyber security best practices to minimise the impact on business.

This cyberattack is another high-profile breach in what has been a string of serious compromises, from the Equifax incident to the recent disclosure from the SEC, detailing hackers potentially using information to carry out insider trading. The source further said the hackers had free reign in the network for "a long time" and that the company still does not know exactly how much total data was taken. Information on 143 million US consumers was exposed, including names, birthdates, addresses, Social Security numbers and in some cases driver's license numbers. It was revealed September 18 that Equifax had experienced another data breach in March and failed to disclose it until after the most recent breach in July, affecting about 143 million users.

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