The following is an excerpt from Mark Wycislik-Wilson | September 25, 2017 | betanews.com |
Global accountancy firm Deloitte -- known as one of the "big four" -- has been hit by a sophisticated hack. With echoes of the Equifax data breach and CCleaner hack, the cyberattack went undetected for months and results in confidential emails being accessed, as well as company plans, and the private information of high-profile, blue-chip clients.
Deloitte says that only a small number of its clients have been affected, but the size and importance of those that it deals with -- including US government departments -- means that even a limited number could have great impact. The firm is said to have discovered the hack in March, but it is possible that attackers gained access as long ago as October 2016.
The Guardian -- which first broke the story -- says that the attack was focused on the US side of Deloitte's operations, and data belonging to banks, multinationals, media enterprises, pharmaceutical firms and government agencies was included in the breach. At the moment, Deloitte has only notified six of its clients that they have been "impacted" by the attack, and an investigation is underway.
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