Now there’s even more reason to keep your employees happy. The FBI reports employees are using Internet cloud services and other computer devices to hack their current or former companies at an increasing rate. Share software platforms, such as DropBox, allows the disgruntled workers to access corporate networks, as well as trade secrets. To date, costs incurred by former employees range from $5000 to $3 MN.
Newly added to the list of hacked companies, Jimmy Johns reported a data breach today at 216 locations. Home Depot Inc., and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have also recently experienced hacks, believing them to come from outside of the company. The new government report indicates companies need to be looking for threats inside the company as the most likely source. Joshua Campbell, spokesman for the FBI says,
While corporations devote significant resources to protecting against external threats, managers must also remain aware of the potential damage that can be caused from within by employees intent on causing harm to network systems.”
The agency further reports,
Multiple incidents were reported in which disgruntled or former employees attempted to extort their employer for financial gain by modifying and restricting access to company websites, disabling content management system functions, and conducting distributed denial of service attacks.”
While the notion of insider jobs may quell public fear of ominous hackers accessing the private information of everyday consumers, for companies the report increases concern for companies and who they can trust. Many may nod their heads, ‘yes. Companies should learn to fear as well,’ but the the lack of trust within companies will likely influence the nature of work environments in the US. On the other hand, knowing where such data breaches are coming from is a step towards ensuring sensitive information is secure from such threats in the future.
Read more here, “Unhappy Workers Hacking Employers on Rise, FBI Say,” (Chris Storm, Bloomberg)
Olivia is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Economics and History, minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. She also has experience working with federal legislatures on health care policy, women's issues, and Internet safety.