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A survey carried out by account management specialists Cyber-Ark reveals that 41% of workers have already stolen sensitive data from their employers whilst a third of the 600 survey participants would pass on company information if it proved useful in getting friends and family a job.
The recession is creating an atmosphere among workforces of 'sticking together' at the expense of employers.
The report entitled 'The Global Recession and its Effect on Work Ethics' was carried out in Canary Wharf, London and Wall Street, New York.
85% of interviewees' admit that they know it is illegal to download corporate information from their employer but almost half took the information with them anyway stating that it could be useful in the future.
51% of respondents stated that it has become a lot easier to take sensitive information from under their bosses' noses, up from 29% last year.