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Why Virtru? “I Just Hacked Your Inbox to Teach You a Lesson”

I’ll bet that this game development company woke up today wishing they had a big Undo button on the last several weeks. Here’s a quote from Eric Johnson’s article over at Re/code:

A Syrian hacker who claims to have hacked into Supercell’s Facebook pages and administrator panel says he/she did it to teach the games company a lesson.

As part of his helpful lesson he published some very private information about the company’s products – everything from revenue to audience size. How did this hacker gain access to sensitive systems? Supercell was using a social media management tool called Engagor, and the CEO of Engagor explained to Re/code how the hacker got in:

On February 10th, an unauthorized individual gained access to one of Supercell’s employee’s e-mail account. This e-mail account was subsequently used to gain access to several private sources of information.

This story illustrates just how much of an open book your email is. And what if someone gains access to your Inbox? You can kiss your privacy goodbye, because you’ll be owned faster than you can say “Never send a plain-text password in an email.”

Here are three ways you can avoid the same fate as Supercell:

    • Start using Virtru to encrypt sensitive emails.
    • Add an expiration date if you must include passwords and credentials in a Virtru-secured email.
    • Turn on two-factor authentication for everything you do that involves the internet.

Lastly, don’t ignore a Syrian hacker who is trying to warn you about a security lapse, lest he proceed to teach you a lesson.