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12.5m Business Email Accounts Accessible via Web

October 05, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

Cybercriminals have found new ways to infiltrate corporate emails, which has resulted in a $12bn cost to businesses over the last five years, according to Digital Shadows. Compromised corporate accounts are commonly traded on the dark web, where criminals stand to earn a pretty penny, particularly if the email accounts are those of employees in accounting or finance departments. According to the report, researchers detected 33,568 email addresses of finance departments that had been exposed by third parties. Of those, 83% included passwords. On dot-com domains, the research found 18,163 credentials exposed.