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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 said "very few" clients were impacted, and has drafted outside help to review its security.

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.

Two-factor authentication requires a second level of authentication above and beyond a password - usually a code sent to a user's mobile phone, to ensure the person accessing the account is the intended user.

The attack reportedly went unnoticed for several months, according to the Guardian, which states that clients in multiple sectors, including banks, media companies, pharmaceutical firms and even government agencies could all be affected.

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.

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".

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The Equifax breach was discovered in July, but those potentially affected were notified only in mid-September 2017. "In Deloitte's case, this included confidential client information".

Attackers had accessed data from the company's email platform, the company said in statement, confirming a report by the Guardian newspaper. "They work with some of the biggest organizations on Earth, at the very highest level, which is like a red rag to a bull for hackers".

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

The Guardian was told an estimated 5m emails were in the "cloud" and could have been been accessed by the hackers. "It makes it much harder to gain illicit access in the first place, and provides a warning if someone is trying to log in without your knowledge".

Corporations, said Curry, also need a professional, modern incident response capability, a real strategy for segmentation and good hygiene, and to elevate the way security is managed and operated.

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