In a bizarre incident, global cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks has “admitted” that personal details of seven current and former employees were “inadvertently” published online by a “third-party vendor”.
The first report by Business Insider stated that personal details of some past and present employees – their names, dates of birth and social security numbers – have been revealed online.
A spokesperson for the company said they took immediate action to remove data from public access and terminate the seller’s relationship.
A company spokesperson was quoted as saying, “We immediately reported the incident to the appropriate authorities and affected persons. We take the information of our employees very seriously and have taken steps to prevent such incidents in future.”
However, Palo Alto Networks did not provide much information on who the third party vendors were and how the employees’ personal details were leaked.
Palo Alto Networks has made a large part of the acquisition in the cyber security vertical in recent months. It recently acquired IoT security startup Zingbox for $ 75 million.