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10/26/2017
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30% of Major CEOs Have Had Passwords Exposed

One in three CEOs have had passwords leaked through online services where they registered with a corporate email address.

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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RyanSepe
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10/27/2017 | 7:40:12 AM
Ill Advised
I will never understand why people will use their corporate emails for anything non-work related. Email addresses are FREE. Why run the risk?
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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10/27/2017 | 8:20:41 AM
Re: Ill Advised
You have answered your own question.  Most people DON'T KNOW THE RISKS that are out there and have a vague trust that corporate data is behind SECURE walls.  (See footnote for Equifax).  We understand the risk as security and IT professionals. 
Dr.T
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10/27/2017 | 12:55:41 PM
Part of the game
 

This is part of the game. CEO use their emails for any site sand they have a very simple password defined and they never change it.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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10/27/2017 | 12:56:42 PM
Re: Ill Advised
"use their corporate emails"

Partially because they may want to keep their personal email secure :--))
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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10/27/2017 | 12:57:43 PM
Re: Ill Advised
"Email addresses are FRE"

This is true but I do not think, CEOs can manage more than one email.
Dr.T
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10/27/2017 | 12:59:06 PM
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"DON'T KNOW THE RISKS"

I agree, I also add, they also do not care. Until they experience a big attack then they are out of business, it would not matter anyway.
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10/27/2017 | 1:00:52 PM
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"See footnote for Equifax"

I think Equifax knew what they were doing, they just did not want to spend enough money to go through the trouble of keeping systems up to date.
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REISEN1955,
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10/27/2017 | 1:56:47 PM
Re: Ill Advised
Do not limit this to CEO territory either ---- you can include layers of management down the line up to and including standard users - staff in other words.  And by doing so, a whole new layer of endpoint infections come ot light.  Password complexity is another issue too --- hard to crack, easy to remember is the KEY to good password management and DO NOT use the same one for everything.    But WE know that and most people DO NOT. 
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10/28/2017 | 1:46:34 AM
Misuse of company asset
They must be educated. They cannot use company's asset (the corporate email) for private purposes. Should anything bad happens, they've got to be 100% responsible for it.
RyanSepe
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10/31/2017 | 9:16:22 AM
Re: Ill Advised
I would hope that they don't prioritize their personal technology/data over their work technology/data because the detriments are much more catastrophic for the latter. Unfortunately you may be right...
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