Thirty percent of CEOs at top global companies have had their passwords leaked through online services where they used their corporate email addresses to register, as discovered a new study by F-Secure. When a service is hacked and a leader's password for the service is exposed, it increases the likelihood for targeted cyberattacks.
Researchers studied company email addresses for CEOs representing more than 200 of the biggest companies across ten countries. They discovered 81% of those leaders have had some form of personal information, such as email address, phone number, address, or birthdate, leaked through spam lists and exposed marketing databases.
The most common previously breached services associated with company email addresses were LinkedIn (53%) and Dropbox (18%). Countries with the greatest amount of CEO information exposed include the USA, the UK, and the Netherlands, all at 95%.
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