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Companies exposed as third party hacks compromise employees

Cybercriminals are finding success using third party attacks to steal data, compromise users, and conduct major data breaches

Michael Hatamoto | Nov 3, 2014 at 03:39 am CST (0 mins, 45 secs reading time)

Companies are suffering from third party hacks as employees are being targeted by savvy cybercriminals, with employees from 221 Fortune 500 companies having credentials exposed, according to a recent study from Recorded Future. Third party hacks are when cybercriminals attack outside sources - often a partner company or software/hardware vendor - and once compromised, can more easily gain access to data.

Companies exposed as third party hacks compromise employees | TweakTown.com

"Most corporate IT security departments and personnel seem to have blinders on when it comes to hacking events that occur outside the realm of their immediate responsibility," said Joe Caruso, Global Digital Forensics (GDF) CEO, "but what happens to their employees on the outside can certainly come back to bite them if those attitudes don't change in a hurry.

Cyberattacks targeting private businesses continue to increase, forcing companies to be more vigilant - and recent incidents that targeted Snapchat, Dropbox, and others show how real this problem can be.

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An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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