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World – Korn/Ferry attacked by cyber criminals

12 October 2012

Executive search firm Korn/Ferry International was targeted in a cyber attack on its computer network, the company reported on Thursday. It has since investigated the data security breach.

“The company aggressively responded to this intrusion, and with the assistance of a leading digital risk management and investigations firm, has taken actions to remediate the data security breach and further enhance the security of its global network. The company is also working closely with law enforcement on this matter,” the firm said.

Korn/Ferry identified the attack as an “Advanced Persistent Threat” (APT), often used by state sponsored cyber criminals who use highly sophisticated tools to access outside databases.

The databases that were targeted were not designed to collect credit card, payment card, bank account, social security numbers, government identification numbers or health information.

The firm is so far not aware whether any information that may have been comprised has been misused.

Korn/Ferry is the 45th largest staffing company in the world with revenue last year exceeding US$ 790 million (€568 million).  

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