Posted by - November 13, 2023

Did you know that a seemingly trivial act like logging into your personal Google account from your work-managed computer could lead to a massive data breach? According to Okta, an identity and access management provider, a breach of their backend support case management system was caused by an Okta employee logging into their personal Google account from a workplace-managed computer.

The attack took place because the employee logged into their personal account on Google, which saved the company session information into their account.  The hacker most likely got credentials through a phishing technique and was then able to use that session information to login to the Okta services.  The easiest solution to this is to make sure employees don’t access personal accounts using their company laptops.

Unfortunately, it’s too late for Okta employees. The company is now prohibiting all staff from logging into their personal Google accounts from work-managed machines.  

The bottom line is that even the smallest of actions can have a significant impact on the security of your organization’s data. A cyber-attack can happen to anyone, at any time. So always be mindful of your online activities and take appropriate measures to protect your organization’s information.

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