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Big Companies Get Hacked Too

Updated: Feb 2, 2021


Attacks on your company computer system and network do not always come from the outside. Just one rogue employee can cause havoc for your company, especially if you do not have the right controls or process in place. Therefore, security awareness training

is extremely important.

In 2018, #Tesla revealed an employee with trusted access to its computer network stole a large amount of highly sensitive data. The information was sent to unknown third parties.

Varonis, the security software platform company, found that 41 percent of all companies it reviewed had at least 1,000 sensitive files open to all employees. The lack of a lockdown makes it easy for many — if not everyone — in your organization to access sensitive information.

RSA Security

Hackers have become so skilled they can even hack the pros. #RSASecurity, a security solutions company, was the victim of a cyberattack in 2011. The phishing attacks against RSA penetrated the company’s network and cost it more than $66 million in remediation.

Hackers posed as people RSA employees trusted. The hackers were then able to gain access and penetrate the network. Further, hackers were able to get data that allowed them to hack into other companies like Lockheed Martin and L3. All totaled, more than 40 million employee records were stolen at RSA.


The #Uber hack of 2016 is a cautionary tale to businesses because it’s a reminder of whatever data you store, you must protect.

While hackers often go for credit cards or social security numbers, in the case of Uber they went for drivers’ licenses, among other data. The personal information of 57 million Uber users was stolen in the hack, and more than 600,000 drivers had information exposed.

Two hackers were able to get names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers of users of the Uber app. The driver license numbers of 600,000 Uber drivers were stolen. While Uber has credit cards and social security numbers stored, they were not stolen, according to media reports.

Uber’s valuation sunk following the revelation of the breach, from $68 billion to $48 billion — though not a credit card was stolen. This goes to show a data breach can hurt the price of your company no matter what hackers get access to.


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