The Week in Breach News: 05/26/21 – 06/01/21
Cybercriminals pulled off a meaty breach at JBS SA, Canada Post is wrapped up in a third-party breach, how federal data breach and infrastructure risk reduction efforts might impact businesses and 5 webinars to help you harness new revenue streams!
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United States – DailyQuiz
DailyQuiz: Entertainment App
Risk to Business: 1.655= Severe
The personal details of 13 million DailyQuiz users have been leaked online after a hacker breached the app developer’s database. Millions of user passwords were stored in that database unsafely in a plain text format and were subsequently stolen. Researchers recently discovered that the DailyQuiz database was up for sale in dark web data markets.
Individual Risk: 2.711= Moderate
Users should be aware that their passwords have been compromised and change any accounts that share that password as well as updating their DailyQuiz accounts.
Customers Impacted: 13 million
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United States – Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS)
Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS): Health Non-Profit
Risk to Business: 1.833= Severe
Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) has reported a data breach reported caused by improper access to data impacting around 200,000 patients and employees. RMCHCS operates a 60-bed acute care hospital and four clinics providing emergency care, cancer care, and hospice and pediatric services in Arizona and New Mexico. The company did not say how the data was improperly accessed.
Risk to Business: 1.833= Severe
RMCHCS states that the breached material includes names, dates of birth, postal addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses, as well as Social Security, driver’s license, passport and (for Native Americans) tribal ID numbers. Healthcare-specific details of patient care were also involved, but it’s not consistent across accounts. Healthcare data potentially impacted may include medical record numbers, dates of service and healthcare provider names; prescription, treatment, and diagnosis information; and billing and claims information, including financial account information.
Customers Impacted: 200,000
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United States – Bose
Bose: Audio Equipment Maker
Risk to Business: 2.812= Moderate
Audio manufacturing titan Bose disclosed a data breach following a ransomware attack that hit the company’s systems in early March. In a regulatory filing, the company explained that a small amount of employee data had been potentially exposed as had several unnamed spreadsheets. No customer or other proprietary data was reported as compromised but the investigation is still ongoing.
Risk to Business: 2.812= Moderate
According to the company, a very small amount of employee personally identifying data and payroll data was compromised. Current and former employees should be alert to spear phishing and identity theft.
Customers Impacted: Unknown
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Canada – Canada Post
Exploit: Third Party Data Breach
Canada Post: Postal Service
Risk to Business: 1.882 = Severe
A supplier’s malware attack is responsible for a nasty data breach at Canada Post affecting 44 of the company’s large business clients and their 950,000 receiving customers. The exposure comes from Commport Communications, an electronic data interchange (EDI) solution supplier that manages shipping data for business customers, informed Canada Post that address data associated with some of their customers had been compromised in May 2021. Canada Post has announced that only shipping information pertaining to less than 50 corporate customers was involved.
Individual Impact: No sensitive personal or financial information has been declared compromised in this incident and the investigation is ongoing.
Customers Impacted: 44 companies and an estimated 950,000 individual addresses
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United States – JBS SA
JBS SA: Meat Processor
Risk to Business: 1.221 = Extreme
International meat supplier JBS SA has been hit by a ransomware attack. The world’s largest meat producer, Brazil-based JBS has operations in 15 countries and serves customers worldwide including the US, Australia and Canada. The company is in contact with federal officials and has brought in a “top firm” to investigate and remediate the incident which is potentially tied to nation-state cybercrime. JBS stated that the attack only impacts some supplier transactions and no data was stolen.
Individual Impact: No sensitive personal or financial information was reported as compromised in this incident and the investigation is ongoing.
Customers Impacted: Unknown
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Australia – TPG Telecom
TPG Telecom: Communications Technology
Risk to Business: 1.115 = Extreme
TPG Telecom has announced that it had the data of two unnamed large customers improperly accessed on its legacy TrustedCloud hosting service. It added it did not believe any other customers were impacted by the breach. The service was part of a 2011 acquisition by the telecom and is set to be decommissioned in August 2021. An investigation is underway and authorities have been informed.
Individual Impact: At this time, no sensitive personal or financial information was announced as compromised in this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.
Customers Impacted: Unknown
How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Attacks on older systems are often easy money for cybercriminals looking for data to sell with a low overhead and fast turnaround time.
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Japan – Net Marketing Co.
Net Marketing Co.: App Creator
Risk to Business: 1.922 = Severe
Japanese app company Net Marketing Co. said Friday that the personal data of 1.71 million users of one of its apps has been compromised in a hacking incident. The company is the operator of the popular dating app Omiai. Net Marketing said that Omiai customer information provided to the company between January 2018 and last month has been accessed on more than one occasion by unauthorized parties and PII on users may have been stolen.
Individual Risk: 1.942 = Severe
The company notes that assorted user data, including names, identity cards, addresses, email addresses and face photos, was likely leaked due to unauthorized access to its server. Customers that use the Omiai app should be cautious for spear phishing and identity theft risk.
Customers Impacted: Unknown
How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Personal data like this is a hot commodity in booming dark web data markets. Failing to protect it adequately makes it catnip for cybercriminals.
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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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In the Wake of Colonial Pipeline, Federal Infrastructure & Contracting Rules Are Under Scrutiny
US officials have been mulling new cybersecurity regulations for various types of businesses in the wake of the Solarwinds disaster and the recent ransomware incident at fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline. Although officials initially mused that the attack was from sophisticated nation-state threat actors, it was ultimately determined that the culprits were actually an unaffiliated major ransomware gang, DarkSide. Investigations showed that one of the reasons why a general ransomware gang was able to lock down this infrastructure linchpin was sloppy cybersecurity. That led to officials at every level of government becoming concerned about the power of ransomware to take down similar targets – a possibility that was neatly exemplified by this week’s attack at international meat behemoth JBS.
The attack at JBS marks the second recent attack on under-the-radar yet critical infrastructure targets in as many months. The company announced on Monday that a cyberattack had severely impacted operations at its subsidiary arms in the US and Australia. Experts estimate that 1/3 of US beef production is served by JBS. Early reports are pointing the finger of blame at nation-state threat actors, but that should be taken with a grain of salt – early reports said the same thing about Colonial Pipeline and it turned out not to be true. On Tuesday afternoon, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said the United States has contacted Russia’s government about the matter and that the FBI is investigating.
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Infrastructure is More Than Bridges and Roads
The shockwaves that followed in the wake of Colonial Pipeline spurred the US federal government to work on several levels in an attempt to play catchup after years of lax cybersecurity oversight. That lack of scrutiny had led to gaping holes in the safety net for critical US infrastructure and supply chain service providers, a circumstance that cybercriminals are more than willing to exploit. Persistent cybersecurity vulnerabilities in myriad industries have left the White House and Congress scrambling as citizens demand answers. The federal government has just begun taking steps to address the problem but it’s facing a long road to security improvements that will assure voters that infrastructure is protected from increasing cyberattack danger.
In an Executive Order signed on May 12th, President Biden laid down an initial framework for response. The order declares that “It is the policy of my Administration that the prevention, detection, assessment, and remediation of cyber incidents is a top priority and essential to national and economic security. The Federal Government must lead by example. All Federal Information Systems should meet or exceed the standards and requirements for cybersecurity set forth in and issued pursuant to this order.” Included in the Executive Order is a directive for top officials at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), along with the US Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence to review cybersecurity rules in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) bible and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (FARS) to recommend changes to contract requirements and language for contracting with IT and OT service providers to ensure compliance with cybersecurity best practices. Those changes will then enter the federal rulemaking process for finalization.
Also included in the Executive Order, the President has instructed DHS and OMB that they have 120 days to institute a method by which federal and infrastructure service providers can quickly and reliably share data with agencies including the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about threats, incidents and risks that present danger to infrastructure targets. In the Colonial Pipeline incident, the FBI and CISA were not informed by the company until well afterward. The Order goes on to lay down specifications for different requirements based on the work that the contractor does. It also includes calls for oversight into software development, new standards and practices to be developed by the National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST), IoT consumer labeling guidelines and a host of smaller tech initiatives.
A notable section of the report did not get as much airtime as the splashier regulatory actions but may hold special relevance for MSPs and their clients who serve the federal government as insight into what upcoming rule changes may look like. The Executive Order lays out a new federal approach to data handling and cybersecurity, influenced by its recent Microsoft contretemps, instructing all agencies to update their existing cybersecurity plans to prioritize resources for the adoption of more security automation and universal use of cloud technology. The Order also directs every agency to develop a plan to implement zero trust architecture throughout the federal establishment. This was followed up with a mandate for CISA and the General Services Administration (GSA) to develop an updated federal cloud-security strategy that operates on zero trust principles.
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The Impact on Businesses Will Be Profound
As the US federal government begins rolling out these sweeping changes, looking at the end goals of the initiatives can help organizations understand what federal authorities are considering in terms of cybercrime risk, what federal cybersecurity will look like going forward and how these new regulations combat challenges like social engineering that can complicate security. After rulemaking finishes, the requirements will give federal contractors and service providers an idea of what to expect in future project requirements and through the bidding process, to help them ensure that their business is compliant with stricter information security policy before they start putting together a bid. In its final form, this Order also gives everyone in tech a glimpse into what the government’s cybersecurity experts are going to be scrutinizing moving forward in fields like automation, regulation and even ransomware policy.
This spate of new regulations and requirements may impact your customers and your business in many ways. While the wake-up call that the US federal government received from recent cybersecurity disasters will bring much-needed updates to the way that federal agencies handle information, it also carries implications for the SMBs who assist in that process. New regulations about the security features needed to qualify software and apps as eligible for federal purchasing may be something that your clients have to deal with as well, especially since many states will just their guidelines to match. Plus, this creates opportunities for SMBs that are prepared in advance to demonstrate that they can do the job well by already maintaining compliance to the new guidelines to move into a sector where they may not have been able to previously compete. All of these circumstances are poised to provide new revenue streams for savvy MSPs as the cybercrime-as-a-service economy meets federal purchasing power.
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How Will a New Federal Security Push Impact Businesses?
In the wake of the recent cyberattack nightmare at Colonial Pipeline, the White House has issued a powerhouse executive order aimed at increasing information security throughout the government, regulating stronger software and IoT security requirements and generally bringing cybersecurity practices at federal agencies and infrastructure targets up to snuff. Even if you don’t have a business relationship with the federal government, these sweeping new regulations can still impact your business, making them worth taking a look at.
One section that will be especially relevant for small and medium businesses going forward is a new requirement for increased security at any business that’s competing under FAR and FARS rules for federal contracts. These regulations won’t just be felt at the federal level, as they are likely to require certain protections for the companies that perform federal IT and information storage services that will bleed down to the companies that serve those service providers too – and so on, unit, many more companies are operating under those guidelines than the executive order seems to hit at first glance.
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