While the largest data breach continues to cause headlines and embarrassment in equal measure, it does highlight the fact that cyber data breaches often occur over a period of months and years, rather than being the smash a grab many imagine.
The 11.5 million documents - the biggest leak in history- being picked over by the world's media took a year to exfiltrate from the Panamean law firm in 'dribs and drabs'.
This follows in a similar vein to other notable hacks like Sony, where estimates suggest the hacker was in their network for over a year stealing 100 terabytes of data.
It took almost a year for all the data to arrive, with the source sending it in dribs and drabs. Dating back to the 1970s, the 11.5 million documents – the biggest leak in history – total 2.6 terabytes. The Panama Papers detail 214,488 offshore entities related to public officials held by Mossack Fonseca. The leak includes emails, contracts, scanned documents and transcripts. Broken down by file type, the leak comprises 4.8 million emails, three million database files, 2.1 million PDFs, 1.1 million images, 320,166 text files and 2,242 files in other formats. All the files came organised in folders for the individual shell firms they related to. A full list of companies and people linked to the offshore entities will be published in May 2016.