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IDG Contributor Network: Identity theft in the enterprise

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    Identity theft, historically considered a consumer threat, is expanding its horizons. Looking for bigger game, attackers are targeting the enterprise with similar tactics used to hijack online and financial accounts belonging to individuals.

    At their core, the theft of consumer and enterprise identities are similar in that they both involve the inappropriate acquisition and potential misuse of users’ digital credentials. What’s different is how these two types of identities are captured and exploited.

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    Consumer identities are typically acquired in large quantities via corporate database breaches. Recent examples include Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus and Anthem Blue Cross. These identities are usually then sold or farmed out to criminal groups that attempt to use them for illicit financial gain.

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