Deloitte email platform hit by cyberattack

Deloitte email platform hit by cyberattack

Deloitte email platform hit by cyberattack

The report said the hackers could have also accessed other information, such as usernames, passwords, IP addresses and architectural design diagrams.

According to the newspaper, the attack breached the company email system and allowed the hackers "access to all areas".

The firm, which is one of Britain's "Big Four" accountancy firms, is understood to have discovered the attack in March, but hackers could have had access to the group's confidential data since October or November a year ago, the Guardian said.

The company contacted governmental authorities immediately after discovering the attack and notified each of the "very few" clients impacted, a Deloitte spokesman said in the statement.

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The attack was first discovered in March of this year, but it is understood that the hackers may have had access to its systems for months before, in October or November 2016.

One of the world's top accountancy companies has been hit by a targeted cyber-attack that apparently released details of secret client emails.

But in Deloitte's case, the hackers reportedly just needed to acquire a single password from an administrator of the firm's email accounts.

The cyberattack focused on the USA operations of the company, which provides auditing, tax advice and consultancy to multinationals and governments worldwide, the report said.

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Deloitte, one of the world's largest private accountancy firms, manages clients such as a banks, publishers as well as government agencies and it is thought companies spanning the full range of Deloitte's clients could be at risk.

The Guardian reported that the internal inquiry into the hack is called "Windham", and the investigations team is carrying out operations in Rosslyn, Virginia.

"In response to a cyber incident, Deloitte implemented its comprehensive security protocol and began an intensive and thorough review including mobilizing a team of cybersecurity and confidentiality experts inside and outside of Deloitte", a spokesman told the Guardian.

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

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Deloitte, which also provides cyber-security and consulting services, including helping businesses analyse potential acquisition targets, also did not say which units were affected.

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