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The Week in Breach News: 02/24/21 – 03/02/21

March 03, 2021

This Week in Breach News:

Bombardier and Steris get caught up in a third-party data breach, troubled crypto exchange Cryptopia gets hacked again and the shockingly large percentage of data breaches that are email-based (plus how to help businesses fight back).

United States – Gab

Exploit: Hacking

Gab: Social Media Platform 

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Risk to Business: 1.479 = Extreme

Right wing social media platform Gab was hacked by hacktivist group DDoSecrets. The platform is notorious for lax censorship of hate speech and is a haven for extremists including white supremacists, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, the alt-right, and QAnon conspiracy theorists. DDosSecrets has posted 70 GB of Gab content to its website including public posts, private posts, user profiles, hashed passwords for users, DMs, and plaintext passwords for groups in SQL format, along with over 70,000 messages in more than 19,000 chats with over 15,000 users in plaintext format.

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Individual Risk: 1.447 = Extreme

It is unclear how many individuals may have been impacted. Gab users should be wary of spear phishing attempts, as well as potential legal consequences for nationalist or hate group activity.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Hacktivists are growing bolder in their quest to expose hate in public and private spaces. Information like this will haunt users for years on the dark web.

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United States – Steris

Exploit: Third Party Data Breach

Steris: Medical Equipment Sales 

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Risk to Business: 1.919 = Severe

The ransomware gang Clop is claiming to have snatched an unspecified amount of information belonging to the Steris Corporation during a ransomware attack at third party cloud solutions provider Accellion. A small amount of internal data including studies and communications was identified as Steris data.

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 Third party threats are growing more serious as cybercriminals collect information used in past breaches to fuel future attacks.

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United States – Covenant Healthcare

Exploit:  Phishing

Covenant Healthcare: Medical System

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Risk to Business: 2.212 = Severe

Bad actors obtained access to two employee email accounts at Covenant Healthcare, leading to the exposure of personal information for an estimated 45K patients. The Michigan-based health system is undertaking an investigation with outside cybersecurity professionals.

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Individual Risk: 1.712 = Severe

Potentially stolen patient information includes includes names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, medical diagnosis and clinical information, medical treatment, prescription information, doctors’ names, medical record numbers, patient account numbers, and medical insurance information. The hospital is offering identity theft protection to impacted patients.

Customers Impacted: 45K

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Canada – Bombardier 

Exploit:  Third Party Data Breach

Bombardier: Airplane Manufacturing 

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Risk to Business: 1.816 = Severe

Canadian aerotech manufacturer Bombardier has been caught up in a third party data breach In the recent breach at cloud services provider Accellion stolen data about many companies was obtained, including this information that Bombardier says was taken from specific servers and uploaded by hackers on their dark web portal. 

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Risk to Business: 1.891 = Severe

Cybercriminals got their hands on a small subset of employee data including unspecified confidential information relating to 130 employees in Costa Rica.

Customers Impacted: 130 employees so far

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United Kingdom – Oxford University Division of Structural Biology

Exploit: Hacking

Oxford University Division of Structural Biology: Research Laboratories 

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Risk to Business: 2.722 = Moderate

Oxford University Division of Structural Biology, popularly known as Strubi, landed in cybercriminal sights last week. Bad actors access operations and routine data from a number of machines including purification devices for handling biochemical samples, some of which included proteins used in ongoing coronavirus research. The incident is under investigation and all lab functions have been restored.

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 Kingdom – Npower

Exploit: Credential Stuffing

Npower: Energy Utility 

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Risk to Business: 2.603 = Moderate

Energy firm Npower has closed down its app following a credential stuffing attack. This incident spurred an earlier than planned shut down of the company’s mobile that was slated to be shut down later in 2021 as part of wind-down plans following Npower’s acquisition by Eon.

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Individual Risk: 2.673 = Moderate

Some customers’ financial and personal information was accessed by bad actors including contact details, birth dates, addresses and partial bank account numbers.Customers should be wary of potentials spear phishing or credential compromise attempts using this data.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Shutting down any art of your operations because of a cyberattack is no good for any business. Fortunately for this company, it just accelerated an ongoing process, bu no every company would be that lucky.

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United Kingdom – NurseryCam

Exploit: Hacking

NurseryCam: Childcare Monitoring App 

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Risk to Business: 1.993 = Severe

A security flaw enabled hackers to gain access to user information at NurseryCam, a service that allows parents to observe their child’s nursery school or daycare experience in more than 40 UK locations. This is the second security flaw reported as discovered by researchers at NurseryCam.

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Risk to Business: 2.822 = Moderate

The flaw allowed hackers access to client information for parents who use the service including usernames, passwords, real names and email addresses

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Repeated security incidents will turn customers off, especially for companies that handle potentially sensitive data or access to sensitive environments like cameras in childcare facilities.

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Finland – TietoEVRY

Exploit: Ransomware

TietoEVRY: IT Services 

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Risk to Business: 1.913 = Severe

Finnish IT services and software titan TietoEVRY has suffered a ransomware attack that forced an abrupt disconnection of 25 clients’ services. Impacted clients were in retail, manufacturing, and service-related sectors.

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

Customers Impacted: 25

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New Zealand – Cryptopia

Exploit: Hacking

Cryptopia: Cryptocurrency Exchange

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Risk to Business: 1.116 = Extreme

Beleaguered cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia has taken another expensive hacking hit. The company was smacked by hackers a second time in as many years, and they stole USD 45,000 (NZD 62,000) worth of crypto this time. Cryptopia lost USD 30 million in crypto-assets in a 2019 hack, catapulting it into receivership, where it remains now.

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: The last thing an already reeling company needs to deal with is a cyberattack. Cutbacks should never include cybersecurity if a business is planning to get back on its feet.

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1 – 1.5 = Extreme Risk

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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More Than 80% of Data Breaches Are Email Based 

What source puts a company’s data most at risk? It’s not hackers, or nation-state cybercriminals, or even disgruntled employees – it’s email. Seemingly routine, everyday email is the most likely vector for a damaging cyberattack that leads to a data breach. But a few smart steps can be taken to reduce the risk of an email-related data breach in 2021.

Results from a recent survey of 500 IT leaders and 3,000 remote-working employees in the US and UK across vertical sectors including financial services, healthcare and legal affairs make one thing clear: every business is at risk for trouble. More than 80 percent of surveyed organizations have experienced a data breach in the past year because of email. Further, 95 percent of the IT leaders surveyed believed that client and company data is most at risk from actions that are taken over or in response to email.

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Human Error, Stress and Distraction Cause Worrisome Jumps in Data Breaches

Employees are handling more email these days as the expected return to offices is slowed by the continued global pandemic. An estimated 85 percent of employees reported sending more emails since they’ve been working remotely. Throughout the last year as companies remained fully or mostly remote, email handling has grown less predictable as well, bringing new challenges to IT teams – 73 percent of employees surveyed said that they regularly read and respond to work emails outside of their working hours, and almost one-quarter of employees (24%) reporting that they handle work email while doing other things.

This tracks with the long established IT maxim that the number one cause of a data breach is human error. One of the major contributors to email based data breaches noted in the survey was remote workers making mistakes and because of distraction, tiredness and stress. About 60 percent of employees noted that they are working in environments where distractions are commonplace. A further 73 percent of employees reported that they feel tired, stressed or upset because of the pandemic.

IT leaders agree that the pandemic and remote work spurred by it are major contributing factors to email-related data breaches. Almost 60 percent of IT leaders reported an increase in email data leaks since implementing remote working as a result of the pandemic. Those same IT leaders reported that email-related data handling mistakes were one of their company’s biggest risks, with almost one quarter of breaches caused by an employee sharing data in error by sending an email containing sensitive data to the wrong recipient or attaching the wrong file.

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Employees Are Handing Out Credentials at an Eye-Popping Rate

Employees under pressure and working remotely are also interacting with much more phishing email and handing out their credentials at an alarmingly high rate. In a recent multi channel phishing exercise, researchers noted that one-fifth of the tested employees fell for phishing emails even if they have gone through some security awareness training. Of employees that fell for the phishing email, more than two-thirds also entered their credentials, such as a password.

This is a troubling trend, especially for businesses that do not have adequate access point security. Researchers noted that the number of surveyed employees who fell for phishing tricks and clicked on a phishing link increased by 77 percent in this year’s survey, going up from 11.2 percent in 2019 to 19.8 percent in 2020. Those employees were also quick to hand over their credentials. An astonishing 644 percent year-on-year increase in employees that provided their credentials in response to phishing illustrated the increased danger of an email related data breach for companies, skyrocketing from 1.8 percent in 2019 to 13.4 percent in 2020.

What Will Mitigate This Risk?

Reducing a company’s danger from phishing starts with reducing its proximity. The less exposure employees have to phishing, the better. If a company uses an affordable automated phishing defense solution like Graphus, it’s already making great strides toward solving that problem. Otherwise, two strong mitigations to put in place to lower the risk of an email-related data breach in both the short and long term are secure identity and access management and better security awareness training around email.

Secure identity and access management with Passly won’t stop staffers from mishandling email, and credentials, but it can stop cybercriminals from gaining access to your systems and data with a phished password. Multifactor authentication stops 99 percent of password-based cybercrime. That’s just one of the overlapping defensive tools that you get with Passly. This is the fastest, easiest mitigation to put n place for an business.

Advanced phishing resistance training with the new BullPhish ID is the gift that keeps on giving for organizations. Security awareness training like this, when refreshed at least quarterly, lowers a company’s chance of falling victim to a phishing attack by up to 70 percent. The newly unveiled user-friendly, customizable training portals make training painless for IT staff and employees. Plus, training materials can be customized to reflect a company’s real threats. Add white labelling at every turn and MSPs can be sure that their business is top-of-mind- for users.

Helping prevent email-related data breaches is essential for securing businesses as we shift into a more permanent work-from-home world. Companies have realized that remote work is here to stay and it brings them unexpected IT challenges (and huge risks) that can only be solved with the right combination of cybersecurity solutions to keep data in and cybercriminals out.

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 Don’t Become a Data Breach Statistic 

A great deal of cybersecurity attention is afforded to hackers. We all have those images of cybercriminals in a dark room typing and hacking their way into a computer system. But if you think hackers are your organization’s biggest cybersecurity threat, think again. An estimated 80 percent of organizations in a recent survey experienced email-based data breaches in 2020, and that’s also likely to be the case in 2021.

Employees are handling more email than they used to. Over 80 percent of remote workers rely on email as their primary form of communication. Unfortunately, they’re not alway on the ball when it comes to handling that email safely. In a recent survey, over 70 percent of employees noted that they had made email and data handling mistakes in the last year due to pandemic-relate stress and distractions while working remotely

As the era of remote work settles in with permanency, it’s smart for every company to put mitigations in place that reduce the chance of a damaging cyberattack related to email. Phishing isn’t always to blame, either – 24 percent of email-based data breaches were caused by an employee simply sending someone the wrong file or sharing data in error.

In the same survey, 95 percent of IT leaders said that email handling puts their client and company data is at risk. That’s not a statistic that you want to be a part of. Add secure identity and access management with a solution like Passly now to reduce the chance of someone accessing data that they shouldn’t, and increase your security awareness training with the customizable training kits available through BullPhish ID to reduce your company’s chance of experiencing an email-related data breach.

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