The Small Business Guide to Corporate Account Takeover

What is Corporate Account Takeover?

Corporate account takeover is a type of fraud where thieves gain access to a business’ finances to make unauthorized transactions, including transferring funds from the company, creating and adding new fake employees to payroll, and stealing sensitive customer information that may not be recoverable.

Corporate account takeover is a growing threat for small businesses. In 2011, seventy two percent of data breach cases affected businesses with 100 employees or less1. It is important that businesses understand and prepare for this risk.

Cyber thieves target employees through phishing, phone calls, and even social networks. It is common for thieves to send emails posing as a bank, delivery company, court or the Better Business Bureau. Once the email is opened, malware is loaded on the computer which then records login credentials and passcodes and reports them back to the criminals.

ALERT: Visit http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2013/01/ftc-warns-small-businesses-dont-open-email-falsely-claiming-be to access a January 2013 warning from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding a fake email purporting to come from the FTC. Opening attachments or links in this email may expose the users' computers to viruses or spyware.