Deloitte one of the “Big 4 Accountancy firms” breached by hackers.

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According to a UK newspaper the breach actually occurred November 2016 but was not detected until March 2017.

Senior research scientist at Comodo Kenneth Geers is quoted as saying

“In a hack of this scale, criminals or spies will continue to reap dividends years down the road,”

An admin username and password to a global email server is like a digital Swiss Army knife to corporate and client secrets

Geers added “The attack has gone on for at least six months, so the hackers may have been able to cover their tracks and/or install backdoors for future use,”. Its believed the hackers were able to breach the firms network through an admin user account which had not used two factor authentication.

“An admin username and password to a global email server is like a digital Swiss Army knife to corporate and client secrets. It is inexcusable for such an admin account not to have two-factor authentication.” Ended Geers.

The hackers then breached the companies email servers which had over 244,000 of the firms employees using them, no doubt collecting confidential information and customers details.

Deloitte admitted to the data breach and say they are still investigating, but made no confirmation on what was stolen.

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