Deloitte email platform hit by cyberattack

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Accounting giant Deloitte has suffered a data breach that exposed confidential emails about some of its biggest clients.

Deloitte boasted a stellar financial year in 2016 where it raked in $37bn in revenue. According to the Guardian, the company has notified six of its clients that their information has been affected in this breach. It added that sources said access to information came through an "administrator's account" which provided access to all areas of Deloitte's data.

It has also been found out that the security breach has been US-focused and is being regarded so sensitive that only a handful of Deloitte's most senior partners and lawyers were informed about it.

A screen shot of the mandatory password reset message Deloitte sent to all US employees in October 2016, around the time sources say the breach was first discovered. "That amount is a very small fraction of the amount that has been suggested". The hacker may have also gained access to usernames, passwords, IP addresses and "architectural diagrams" for businesses, according to the Guardian.

Deloitte said it had contacted "each of the very few clients impacted" and had alerted government authorities immediately after it became aware of the incident.

Deloitte has said that it will continue to evaluate this matter and will take additional steps as required.

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This spokesperson also said the company will "remain deeply committed to ensuring that our cybersecurity defenses are best in class". The group is yet to determine the identity or location of the hacker, meaning it remains unclear whether the attack was state-sponsored, by a group of hackers or a lone wolf.

Deloitte is a "Big Four" firm that provides accounting, auditing and consulting services, including advice on mergers and acquisitions.

With that said, the data that did get impacted by the breach could still pose a major problem.

A statement from Deloitte confirmed that they are committed to increasing their cybersecurity protocols and that they are now evaluating the latest attack in order to adjust their cybersecurity defenses accordingly.

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.

In addition to two-factor authentication, he recommends that organizations implement effective monitoring solutions that intelligently detect incidents and respond quickly to them.

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