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Deloitte Hit by Cyber-Attack, Says 'Very Few Clients' Affected

Deloitte Hit by Cyber-Attack, Says 'Very Few Clients' Affected”

Global accounting firm Deloitte, one of the biggest blockchain and security consultants in the world, has suffered a hack that compromised sensitive information, including health records. But the hack could date from October or November 2016.

Deloitte's statement did not say when the attack took place or who was targeted. "This trend is going to continue to grow".

Deloitte did not tell which of its clients, that include U.S. government agencies, have been impacted, but said: "As part of the review, Deloitte has been in contact with the very few clients impacted and notified governmental authorities and regulators". It also runs a cyber security business that helps customers defend their networks and investigate breaches.

Deloitte is still reviewing the extent of the damage, but has notified at least six clients. The company did not name the clients, confirm the number of clients it had contacted or say what type of data was stolen.

It said it had implemented its comprehensive security protocol and began an intensive and thorough review including mobilising a team of cyber-security and confidentiality experts inside and outside of Deloitte. "No disruption occurred on client files and the firm's ability to serve its clients", Deloitte added, reiterating its commitment to keeping cybersecurity intact.

Mark Rasch, a former federal cyber crimes prosecutor, said it is too soon to say how serious the attack was because so little is known about what happened.

The company says it is "deeply committed to ensuring that its cyber-security defenses are best in class, to investing heavily in protecting confidential information and to continually reviewing and enhancing cyber-security".

An FBI representative declined to comment, saying it was bureau policy not to confirm or deny the existence of any investigations.



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