Study: Alarming Number of Fortune 500 Credentials Found in Data Leaks

Ben Layer reports:

Data breaches are common in the news lately, but a recent study by credential monitoring firm VeriClouds focuses specifically on the credentials of Fortune 500 employees found in account leaks posted online.

Using a corpus of 8 billion stolen credentials gathered over three years, the total number of employees of each Fortune 500 company was compared with the number of unique credentials for each company found online in data leaks.

The study finds that an average of 10 percent of all Fortune 500 employee email credentials have been leaked via some form of data breach.

The greater the number of account credentials found online, the greater the risk that one of those details can be used to gain access to company resources.

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