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The Week in Breach: 12/20/18 – 12/26/18

December 27, 2018

Breach news to share with your customers!

This week, Caribou Coffee gets roasted, and memes are being used as code.

Dark Web ID Trends:
Top Source Hits: ID Theft Forums (100%)
Top Compromise Type: Domains
Top Industry: Legal
Top Employee Count: 251 – 500 employees (50%)

United States – Caribou Coffee

Below is a link to the notification published by Caribou regarding the affected locations:

Exploit: Compromise of POS systems.
Caribou Coffee: A large coffee chain in the United States.

1.51 – 2.49 = Severe Risk Risk to Small Business: 1.777 = SevereA breach of this magnitude would have a negative impact on any organization for a long time. Around 40% of the company’s locations were affected by the breach, with all cards used during the breach being considered accessed.
1.51 – 2.49 = Severe Risk Individual Risk: 2.428 = SevereThose affected by this breach are at an increased risk of identity theft. Those who used a credit or debit card at the organization between August 28, 2018, and December 3, 2018.

Customers Impacted: 239 of the organization’s stores were affected by the breach.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Credit card information being accessed is never good for business. Customers tend not to forget the company whose breach resulted in them losing money.

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Risk Levels:
1 – 1.5 = Extreme Risk
1.51 – 2.49 = Severe Risk
2.5 – 3 = Moderate Risk
*The risk score is calculated using a formula that takes into account a wide range of factors related to the assessed breach.

United Kingdom – Steelite

Exploit: Ransomware.
Steelite: A Middleport-based company that manufactures tableware for the hospitality industry.

1.51 – 2.49 = Severe Risk Risk to Small Business: 1.888= SevereThe risk to small business in this scenario is very high. Ransomware is becoming more and more prevalent in the cyber-crime scene as it is a low-risk/ high reward attack vector.
2.5 – 3 = Moderate Risk Individual Risk:  2.571= Moderate: It is unclear if payroll information was accessed, but due to the sensitive nature of the encrypted files, it would be best to be cautious.

Customers Impacted: The employees who work at the organization are the ones at risk.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Payroll information is vital for operating a business, which makes this attack particularly damaging. Many organizations would not have the resources available to rebuild their payroll servers so quickly, which would leave them in a precarious situation.

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Risk Levels:
1 – 1.5 = Extreme Risk
1.51 – 2.49 = Severe Risk
2.5 – 3 = Moderate Risk
*The risk score is calculated using a formula that takes into account a wide range of factors related to the assessed breach.

In Other News:

Facebook, What Are You Doing?
Facebook continues to let down its users this week… this time by providing user data to a wide variety of large companies for commercial purposes. Some of the companies that took advantage of Facebook’s fast and loose outlook on its customers’ data include Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Spotify, and Netflix. The information even included private messages between users. When Amazon was asked about how it used the user data Facebook provided them, their official statement stated they used the data “appropriately,” which is not very comforting.

What We’re Listening To
Know Tech Talks
The Continuum Podcast
Security Now
Defensive Security Podcast 
Small Business, Big Marketing – Australia’s #1 Marketing Show!
TubbTalk – The Podcast for IT Consultants
Risky Business
Frankly MSP

A Note for Your Customers:

Twitter Memes
Researchers have discovered a malware that is being distributed by hackers, which receives instructions from… memes.

That’s right, this form of malware that targets Windows systems can “capture local screenshots, enumerating applications on the system, checking for vulnerabilities in them, capturing clipboard content, and sending files back to the attacker.” It also can receive instructions from Twitter memes. This type of communication is known as stenography and hypothetically could be used to instruct many people at once with memes, while surpassing most detection systems.

So, stay frosty this holiday while perusing the interwebs for memes! Make sure all your systems are up to date and your credentials aren’t compromised… better to enjoy this season!

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