Report: Hackers seek targets in corporate buyout deals

Companies acquiring other firms or being acquired themselves are at higher risk of falling prey to cybercriminals, according to a report from security firm FireEye, which finds hackers are exploiting the internal disarray that often accompanies M&A deals to breach defenses. The goal of the attacks -- which often take the form of spear-phishing probes directed at employees -- is typically to steal trade secrets or insider information that can be used to enhance negotiating positions.

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