by ID Agent

This Week in Breach News:

Kia hits a bump in the road with ransomware, Underwriters Laboratories didn’t check their cyber safety, Simon Fraser University is back for a cyberattack encore, enhance your password power and see how increased phishing risk means it’s time to increase cyber resilience for your clients.



United States – Automatic Fund Transfer Services

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/us-cities-disclose-data-breaches-after-vendors-ransomware-attack/

Exploit: Ransomware

Automatic Funds Transfer Services (AFTS): Payment Processor 

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Risk to Business: 1.879 = Severe

Cuba ransomware is the culprit of an attack at AFTS, a payment processor that serves state government clients including the states of California and Washington. This cyberattack has caused major disruption to AFTS operations, making their website unavailable and impacting payment processing. The gang claims to have stolen financial documents, correspondence with bank employees, account movements, balance sheets, and tax documents.

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Individual Risk: 1.847 = Severe

It is unclear how many individuals may have been impacted. The California Department of Motor Vehicles and several cities in Washington state have released data breach notifications. The potential data exposed varies depending on the city or agency, but may include names, addresses, phone numbers, license plate numbers, VIN numbers, credit card information, scanned paper checks, and billing details. 

Customers Impacted: Unknown

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United States – Kia Motors America

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/kia-motors-america-suffers-ransomware-attack-20-million-ransom/

Exploit: Ransomware

Kia Motors America: Ransomware

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Risk to Business: 1.381 = Severe

Kia Motors America has experienced a suspected ransomware attack that has had a severe impact on its entire US operation. crippling some functions and impacting others for dealers and consumers. Sevices impacted include mobile UVO Link apps, phone services, payment systems, owner’s portal, and internal sites used by dealerships.

Individual Impact: No sensitive personal or financial information was announced as part of this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: 50 million

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United States – Jones Day

https://siliconangle.com/2021/02/16/law-firm-jones-day-hit-clop-ransomware-attack-files-stolen/

Exploit:  Ransomware

Jones Day: Law Firm

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Risk to Business: 2.315 = Severe

Clop ransomware says that they’ve hit Jones Day law firm, although Jones Day is saying that their network was not compromised. The Clop gang claim that they’ve got 100 gigabytes of files from servers belonging to Jones Day. They have started to publish redacted files as proof of their successful hit. Jones Day is claiming that those files were obtained from a third party source.

Individual Impact: No sensitive personal or financial information was announced as part of this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: 50 million

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United States – Sequoia Capital

https://www.axios.com/sequoia-capital-says-it-was-hacked-590dcdd6-fe49-46c6-8422-60a944272302.html

Exploit:  Phishing

Sequoia Capital: Venture Capital Firm

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Risk to Business: 1.933 = Severe

Sequoia Capital, a major venture capital firm, announced this week that it has experienced a phishing-related cyberattack. The firm invests in companies like Airbnb, DoorDash, Robinhood and cybersecurity firms like FireEye and Carbon Black. Sequoia’s investors include university endowments, tech executives and charitable foundations.

Individual Impact: No sensitive personal or financial information was announced as part of this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

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United States – Underwriters Laboratories

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/underwriters-laboratories-ul-certification-giant-hit-by-ransomware/ 

Exploit: Ransomware

Underwriters Laboratories: Safety Regulator 

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Risk to Business: 2.022 = Severe

Underwriters Laboratories, the oldest and largest device safety certifier in the world, should have checked the safety of their email systems a little more closely. They’ve experienced a ransomware attack that has encrypted its servers and caused them to shut down systems while they recover.

Individual Impact: No sensitive personal or financial information was announced as part of this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

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Canada – Simon Fraser University

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/sfu-warns-cybertattack-exposed-personal-information-of-about-200-000-students-and-staff-1.5916153

Exploit: Hacking

Simon Fraser University: Institution of Higher Learning 

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Risk to Business: 1.623 = Severe

Simon Fraser University is in the spotlight again after another data breach. Cybercriminals breached a server that stored information on student and employee ID numbers and other data, including admissions or academic standing. This is the second data breach at Simon Fraser University in 12 months.

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Individual Risk: 2.117 = Severe

The server contained personal information for some current and former students, faculty, staff and student applicants including student or employee ID numbers.

Customers Impacted: 200,000

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The Netherlands – Dutch Research Council (NWO) 

https://cybernews.com/news/internet-registry-for-europe-experienced-a-credential-stuffing-attack-claims-it-was-unsuccessful/ 

Exploit: Malware

Dutch Research Council: Government Entity

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Risk to Business: 1.913 = Severe

NWO has reported that it was the victim of a malware attack. Servers belonging to the Dutch Research Council (NWO) have been compromised, forcing the organization to make its network unavailable and suspend subsidy allocation for the foreseeable future. Impacted functions include the organization’s email service (Outlook) and online resources for two entities under NWO, the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO) and the National Governing Body for Practice-oriented Research (SIA).

Individual Impact: No sensitive personal or financial information was announced as part of this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

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The Netherlands – Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC)

https://cybernews.com/news/internet-registry-for-europe-experienced-a-credential-stuffing-attack-claims-it-was-unsuccessful/ 

Exploit: Credential Stuffing

Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC): World Regulatory Body

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Risk to Business: 1.913 = Severe

RIPE NCC has reported that it recently defended against a credential stuffing attack that attempted to breach its single sign-on system. There was minimal disruption and the organization has resumed operations normally.

Individual Impact: No sensitive personal or financial information was announced as part of this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

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France – Beneteau SA 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-21/beneteau-to-suspend-some-production-after-cyberattack 

Exploit: Malware

Beneteau SA: Maritime Vessel Builder 

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Risk to Business: 2.062 = Severe

French boat builder Beneteau SA has experienced a malware attack that has forced it to temporarily suspend some operations. The company says that it will be deploying backups and production at some of its units, particularly in France, will have to slow down or stop for a few days.

Individual Impact: No sensitive personal or financial information was announced as part of this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Malware is frequently used to damage a company’s operations capability, and its most commonly delivered by a phishing email.

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1.51 – 2.49 = Severe Risk

2.5 – 3 = Moderate Risk

Risk scores for The Week in Breach are calculated using a formula that considers a wide range of factors related to the assessed breach.



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Phishing Flood Continues to Swamp Companies and Create Security Sinkholes 


Phishing became the biggest cybersecurity threat of 2020 for every business to handle very quickly at the beginning of the global pandemic as cybercriminals sought to capitalize on pandemic-related challenges to companies that were suddenly forced into remote operations. That tide continues to rise with new phishing threats and new security sinkholes that can swallow up data, time and money.


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COVID-19 Threats Aren’t Over Yet


In a recent study, experts estimated a minimum growth rate of 220 percent for overall phishing in 2020 (including SMS, voice, message and social media) – and that trend is expected to continue into 2021 with a minimum 15 percent increase in overall phishing this year.

Much of that phishing was devoted to COVID-19 threats. Google indicated that it saw a 660 percent increase in phishing in Q2 2020 as it bulwarked the onslaught of phishing that powered a cybercrime burst in 2020. COVID-19 was Google’s biggest phishing topic in history, a record that’s unlikely to be broken anytime soon. More than 80 percent of businesses saw an increase in cybercrime including phishing in 2020 – and not all of that steep increase can be chalked up to COVID-19 threats.


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Brand Impersonation

One major lure that cybercriminals have been profiting from is brand impersonation. Especially as email volumes surged at the start of the pandemic, faux branded phishing emails were a fast, easy way for cybercriminals to get past security and get into employee inboxes (which would be 40 percent less likely with Graphus). About than 405 percent of those emails mimicked just one brand – Microsoft. Rounding out the Top 5 were DHL (18 percent) LinkedIn, (6 percent), Amazon (5 percent) and Rakuten (4 percent). An estimated 55 percent of phishing sites made use of target brand names and identities in their URLs.

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Remote workers face a unique set of challenges, and every business in the world got to experience them in 2020. Phishing is an especially dangerous threat for remote workers. In a comprehensive study of over 1,000 remote workers, 47 percent of respondents cited distraction as the main factor in their failure to spot phishing attempts. Over half of employees said they were more likely to make security mistakes when stressed and 41 percent flubbed security procedures when tired. Overall 43 percent of the surveyed employees admitted that they’d made cybersecurity blunders as a result of newly remote workforce stress.

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