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Deloitte hacked, says 'very few' clients affected

Deloitte hacked, says 'very few' clients affected

Major global accountancy and consultancy firm Deloitte has become the latest victim of a cyberattack, resulting in the leak of personal emails and details of some of its clients.

The Guardian - which first broke the story - says that the attack was focused on the U.S. side of Deloitte's operations, and data belonging to banks, multinationals, media enterprises, pharmaceutical firms and government agencies was included in the breach.

Deloitte boasted a stellar financial year in 2016 where it raked in $37bn in revenue. Equifax's CIO and CSO retired after it was revealed a patchable application was the point of access for the breach. Also exposed were 209,000 payment card details and documents related to credit disputes that affected 182,000 people (see Credit Union Sues Equifax Over Breach-Related Fraud Costs ).

When contacted for information regarding the security breach, this is what Deloitte Touche spokeswoman had to say. The hacker infiltrated the company's email server via an administrator's account that did not have two-step verification.

The news comes close on the heels of a breach reported by USA credit information provider Equifax which may have compromised the details of some 143 million Americans.

A screen shot of the mandatory password reset message Deloitte sent to all USA employees in October 2016, around the time sources say the breach was first discovered.

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It said that it had since completed a full review of the attack, including "mobilising a team of cyber-security and confidentiality experts inside and outside of Deloitte" and had informed all affected clients. "That amount is a very small fraction of the amount that has been suggested". Add to the e-mails, hackers may have also acquired Deloitte clients' usernames, passwords, IP addresses and health information.

The Guardian reported that the company, one of the big four in the accountancy industry, had been the victim of an attack that had not been noticed for months.

In a survey of more than 1,000 IT professionals conducted by Keeper Security, 54% of respondents said negligent employees were the root cause of a data breach.

The Guardian reported Monday that the hack compromised "confidential emails and plans of some of its blue-chip clients", but the breach went unnoticed for months.

In 2012, Deloitte, which has offices all over the world, was ranked the best cybersecurity consultant in the world. The company did not name the clients, confirm the number of clients it had contacted or say what type of data was stolen.

Equifax has been widely criticized by multiple US lawmakers for failing to rapidly inform affected consumers.

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