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Hacker with passwords Cybercriminals are finding it more lucrative to scam executives and get money through business email compromise scams.(Photo: Getty)

Executives of corporations are increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals because of their access to data and ability to engage in social engineering, according to the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Report published last week.

The report was based on the analysis of 41,686 security incidents in 2018. The report noted 2,013 of those reports were confirmed data breaches. The analysis shows executives were compromised in 20 percent of data breach incidents studied in 2018.

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