Guardian: Deloitte Hack Hit Server Containing Emails From Across US Government

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Oct 10, 2017
By Bjørn Erik Pedersen - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

The recent data breach of Big Four firm Deloitte may have been, upon further investigation, bigger than originally thought. While initially believed to have only impacted six clients, sources with knowledge of the hack told the Guardian they believed that this number is closer to 350, which includes four US government departments, the United Nations and some of the world’s biggest multinationals.

The Guardian said that sources with knowledge of the hack told them that the server breach allowed hackers to access emails and attachments from a host of other entities, such as the U.S. Departments of State, Energy, Homeland Security and Defense, the U.S. Postal Service, the National Institutes of Health, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, FIFA, four global banks, three airlines, two multinational car manufacturers, energy giants and large pharmaceutical companies. Beyond emails, the Guardian says that the hackers also had potential access to usernames, passwords, IP addresses, architectural diagrams for businesses and health information. It is also thought that some emails had attachments with sensitive security and design details.

Deloitte has disputed this assertion, reiterating that very few clients were affected, and that they were in no way downplaying the extent of the hack. It said that none of the companies or governmental departments named had been affected, and that the number of email messages targeted by the attacker was a small fraction of those stored on the platform. 

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