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Global accounting firm Deloitte hit by major cyberattack, reveals client emails

Global accounting firm Deloitte hit by major cyberattack, reveals client emails

Deloitte, a major USA and global accounting firm, revealed that it was hit with a cybersecurity breach that may have extended from October of a year ago through this past March, the Guardian reports.

Deloitte confirmed to the Guardian that it was a victim of a hack but said that "few clients" had been impacted.

It's now unclear who was behind the attack, but for the past six months, Deloitte has been investigating the breach of its email server, which exposed some five million emails. "Their own experience with a simplistic breach of their Microsoft 365 infrastructure through an easy to access administrator account highlights how easy it is to overlook critical information stores".

Deloitte said it had implemented a "comprehensive security protocol", after the incident was discovered, using internal and external experts to help respond.

In a statement, Deloitte said it had contacted all of the affected clients and that "no disruption has occurred to client businesses, to Deloitte's ability to continue to serve clients, or to consumers" as a result of the incident.

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The firm said it contacted "governmental authorities immediately after it became aware of the incident".

The company says it is "deeply committed to ensuring that its cyber-security defenses are best in class, to investing heavily in protecting confidential information and to continually reviewing and enhancing cybersecurity".

"We will continue to evaluate this matter and take additional steps as required".

Deloitte insists that only a small fraction of its clients have been "impacted" by the breach.

The attack appears to have targeted the firm's United States operations.

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Deloitte does business with companies in verticals such as media, banking, pharmaceuticals, and more.

For Deloitte, this is particularly embarrassing because-among many other services-the multinational firm runs a "CyberIntelligence Centre" that advises clients on how to "swiftly and effectively mitigate risk and strengthen your cyber resilience".

There have been several high-profile cyber attacks this year.

Last week, several small businesses in the USA filed a class-action lawsuit against credit rating firm Equifax, representing millions of others affected by the breach of personal data, which included names, dates of birth, email addresses and telephone numbers. It has also revealed it was also the victim of an earlier breach in March. At the moment, Deloitte has only notified six of its clients that they have been "impacted" by the attack, and an investigation is underway.

The data includes names, dates of birth, email addresses and telephone numbers, but does not contain postal addresses, passwords or financial information.

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The Equifax breach was discovered in July, but those potentially affected were notified only in mid-September 2017.


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