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Sequoia Capital Suffers Data Breach

The attack began with a successful phishing email.

Sequoia Capital last week warned investors that some of their personal and sensitive information may have been exposed in a recent data breach of the firm.

According to reports, Sequoia said the data may have been accessed by a third party in the breach, which occurred as a result of a successful phishing attack on an employee via email. 

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Sequoia confirmed the breach to multiple media outlets. 

The 49-year old venture capital firm has companies like Airbnb and DoorDash in its portfolio, and has invested in cybersecurity companies FireEye and Carbon Black. Sequoia's investors, known as limited partners, include university endowments, tech executives, and charitable foundations. 

As part of the notification, Sequoia also told investors it is looking for indications that stolen information is currently for sale or traded on the Dark Web. So far, no activity has been uncovered. 

More information can be found here.

 

 

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