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U.K.-based cybersecurity company RepKnight this week released a white paper suggesting that its research had uncovered more than 1.2 million email addresses from some of the U.K.’s Top 500 law firms sitting in file dumps on the Dark Web. The email addresses, the paper suggests, were likely acquired from breaches to third-party websites such as Dropbox and LinkedIn.

That may not even be the full extent of credentials available to potential hackers within the Dark Web. RepKnight cybersecurity analyst Patrick Martin told ZDNet earlier this week that “the data we found represents the easiest data to find—we just searched on the corporate email domain.”

By contrast, Protorion Systems CEO Kevin Lancaster previously told LTN that the majority of user credentials appear in “private chat rooms and member communities,” rather than published to Dark Web sites.

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Gabrielle Orum Hernández

Gabrielle Orum Hernández is a reporter with Legaltech News and the Daily Report covering legal technology startups and vendors. She can be reached by email at [email protected], or on Twitter at @GMOrumHernandez.

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