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Comments from Fujitsu - LinkedIn data leak

May 2016 by Fujitsu

Following the news about how hackers have advertised details of 117 million users, four years after the initial attack on LinkedIn, please see below comments from Rob Norris, Director of Enterprise & Cyber Security in EMEIA at Fujitsu.

“The fact that hackers have revealed details of 117 million LinkedIn users, including passwords and user IDs, highlights the value of personal data, even years after a data breach has taken place. Cyber criminals are entrepreneurial, well-sourced and motivated and this once again demonstrates a how capable hackers are in getting what they want. It also highlights how organisations need to be wary of attacks, as damage could be far greater than they may realise.

“Because of this, it’s vital both consumers and organisations take a proactive approach when it comes to security. Organisations need to focus on the integration of threat intelligence and other information sources to provide the context necessary to deal with today’s advanced cyber threats. There must also be a clear and well-rehearsed crisis management plan for a breach, addressing internal and external communication. As well as this, consumers need to ensure they use different passwords for different applications and are aware of the security risks when using payment information. Consumers should consider two factor authentication alternatives so these passwords are rendered useless on their own such as facial, voice, iris, palm and fingerprint biometrics for an additional layer of protection.”

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