Auto market research firm Exeter says it’s been hacked by hackers

The cybersecurity firm Exasper has confirmed a series of recent cyber attacks that affected more than 1,000 employees, saying they compromised the company’s corporate email system.

The attacks, which were first reported by The Wall Street Journal, targeted the email accounts of more than 100 employees.

In a statement, Exasper said its network was breached in early May and that it “responded to the attacks in a timely fashion.”

In a separate statement, the company said that it’s working with law enforcement authorities and other stakeholders to identify and stop the attackers.

The attack follows an earlier attack in April that exposed sensitive information about more than 400 employees, including email addresses and passwords, The Wall St Journal reported at the time.

Exasper did not immediately respond to request for comment. 

The company said in a statement that the attack “appears to have been perpetrated by the same group who previously targeted other Exasper companies and individuals in the past.” 

The hacking occurred on or around May 1, and was likely connected to the breach of a rival cybersecurity firm, Exeter, that also affected employees.

Exeter said that after the breach was reported, the hacker used Exasper’s corporate network to send out an email to employees saying that their passwords had been stolen and that they should change them.

“Exasper was notified by law enforcement and is working closely with law-enforcement partners to determine the nature of the attack and identify any potential perpetrators,” the company wrote. 

“Exasper is committed to protecting its employees, and we have zero tolerance for this type of attack on our network.

The company is actively monitoring the situation and working with other companies to identify those responsible,” the statement said. 

In its statement, The Exasper company said the attack occurred “between May 1 and May 8,” adding that it has notified the authorities. 

Exasper has about 2,400 employees in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including in Australia, Germany, Japan, the U.K., South Africa and Switzerland. 

According to the company, the hack was not related to the theft of the data.

Exaggerations are the norm in cybersecurity threats, but the recent attacks by hackers that targeted a number of Exasper employees are the most serious. 

As part of a multi-year, $1.5 billion settlement, Exaggerate agreed to pay $1 million in damages to the victims of the March 2017 cyberattack, which targeted about 1,400 people, including more than 900 ex-employees. 

Former Exasper CEO Matt Stoll was also among those to be affected by the attack.

In June, Stoll, who has been Exasper chief executive for the past 10 years, was placed on administrative leave after a company security review determined he had been hacked. Read more The hack, the latest in a series in which cybersecurity firms have suffered breaches that are believed to be related to hacking groups that have targeted government and private companies, has raised new questions about how the companies protect themselves against cyberattacks. 

A former security chief at a prominent security firm told The Wall House that the hackers targeted companies that had security teams, but did not go to the companies with the largest databases.

“I think it’s a bit concerning,” said James Riggs, who was cybersecurity chief at RSA Security until 2013. 

Riggs, now a cybersecurity consultant, added that it would be a mistake for a security company to not take precautions, even if it’s difficult to do. 

Some of the attacks have been blamed on Russian intelligence. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed allegations that Russia has been behind the attacks.

In an interview with Russian television, Putin said: “We’ve never been involved in hacking, not even for one second.

I know that there’s no truth to it.” 

“But if you’re a company that’s trying to protect itself, why would you want to do something you don’t think is absolutely necessary?” 

Exeter, which operates the Exasper email system, said that the breach is “the most serious incident we’ve seen in our 35-year history.” 

Exaggerate, based in Norwich, Connecticut, has had a rocky relationship with its customers, who have complained about high costs, poor customer service and poor quality of products. 

But a number have said the company is doing the right thing. 

On Monday, Exporter announced that it was hiring a new CEO.

The hiring was announced in a post on its blog, which noted that the new CEO will oversee “our rapid expansion” and that “we will continue to aggressively expand the Exeter brand across the world.” Read More