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The Week in Breach News: 01/12/22 – 01/18/22

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Medical Review Institute of America (MRIoA)

https://www.securityweek.com/mrioa-discloses-data-breach-affecting-134000-people

Exploit: Ransomware

Medical Review Institute of America (MRIoA): Medical Analytics

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Risk to Business: 1.227= Severe

Utah-based medical information and analysis company Medical Review Institute of America (MRIoA)  announced that it has experienced a data breach. The incident was discovered on November 9, 2021, and officials were able to confirm that data had been stolen by November 16, 2021.  In a data breach filing, the company said that over 134,000 individuals were impacted by the incident which is still under investigation. The company did say that it “retrieved and subsequently confirmed the deletion of” stolen data, but no information was released about a ransom amount or if they paid the ransom.  

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Risk to Business: 1.801= Severe

Protected health information was snatched including patients’ names, gender, physical and email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, Social Security numbers, full clinical information (including diagnosis, treatment, medical history, and lab test results) and financial information (such as health insurance policy and group plan number). 

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware risk is rising for organizations in every sector, especially companies that provide important services for other businesses.

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The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC)

https://www.techtimes.com/articles/270004/20220103/hospital-data-breach-personal-info-1-3-million-patients-staff-data-breach.htm 

Exploit: Ransomware

The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC): Prison 

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Risk to Business: 2.223 =Severe

New Mexico prison officials had a problem on their hands as a ransomware attack impacted county computer systems resulting in a lockdown of the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. The prison was not directly targeted. Inmates were forced to stay in their cells since the attack impacted the facility’s security camera networks, automated doors and internet service. Inmates and jailors were also unable to videoconference for trials. Reports say that a number of databases are suspected of being compromised or corrupted including an incident tracker which records inmate fights, attacks, as well as allegations of prison rape and sexual assault.  

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Risk to Business: 2.419=Severe

The exposed personal data for patients and former patients at Broward health may include Social Security numbers, bank or financial account information, driver’s license numbers, names, addresses, telephone numbers and hospital payment account information. Protected health information including medical information like care history, condition, treatment and diagnosis records may also have been exposed.  

Customers Impacted: Unknown

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Illuminate Education

https://nypost.com/2022/01/15/nyc-schools-crippled-by-illuminate-educations-data-outage/

Exploit: Hacking

Illuminate Education: Education Platform

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Risk to Business: 1.717= Severe

Illuminate Education, a digital education platform used by 5,200 schools and districts in the US, is still struggling to resume services after a cyberattack. The company owns popular school management platforms Skedula and PupilPath. Illuminate Education says it has continued experiencing a service interruption affecting all IO Classroom applications for nearly 10 days following an unspecified security incident. Investigation and recovery are underway, but the platform has not provided a recent update on the expected timeline.  

Individual Impact: No specifics about any consumer/employee PII or financial data loss were available at press time.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

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TransCredit

https://www.websiteplanet.com/blog/transcredit-leak-report/

Exploit: Misconfiguration

TransCredit: Credit Analysis & Reporting

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Risk to Business: 1.719 = Severe

Over half a million credit reports and other financial documents held by Florida-based financial analysis firm TransCredit have been exposed. The Website Planet research team reported discovering a non-password-protected database that contained 822,789 records. Researchers cautioned that this dataset appears to be concentrated on clients in the transportation sector.  

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Risk to Business: 1.719 = Severe

The exposed data includes detailed information on trucking, transport companies and individual drivers. Also included in this data was information about credit accounts, loans, repayment and debt collections as well as financial data like banking information, tax ID numbers and Social Security Numbers.  

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Once again, a service provider that maintains a large array of records full of PII was hit, gaining cybercriminals a data bonanza.

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United Kingdom – Parasol Group

https://www.theregister.com/2022/01/17/umbrella_company_parasol_group_confirms/

Exploit: Hacking

Parasol Group: Business Services

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Risk to Business: 1.727= Severe

UK umbrella company Parasol Group was forced to shut down some of its IT systems last week after an intrusion was detected. The outage impacted the company’s MyParasol payment portal for contractors and freelancers, leading to payroll issues that caused some folks to not get paid. The company is also having invoicing problems as a result of the incident.  

Individual Impact: No information about exposed customer personal or financial data was available at press time.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

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Germany – Hensoldt

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/global-it-services-provider-inetum-hit-by-ransomware-attack/ 

Exploit: Ransomware 

Hensoldt: Defense Contractor

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Risk to Business: 1.677 = Severe

Multinational defense contractor Hensoldt was hit with a ransomware attack by the Lorenz ransomware group. The company’s products include radar arrays, avionics, and laser rangefinders used by the US military. The Lorenz ransomware group claims to have stolen an undisclosed number of files from Hensholdt’s network during the attack. The gang says that they have published 95% of all stolen files on their leak website. No ransom demand has been announced.

Individual Impact: No consumer or employee PII or financial data exposure was disclosed in this incident as of press time.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Cybercriminals don’t just steal personal and financial data, they also love trade secrets, research, formulas and other proprietary data.

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The Philippines – Commission on Elections (Comelec)

https://mb.com.ph/2022/01/10/comelec-servers-hacked-downloaded-data-may-include-information-that-could-affect-2022-elections/

Exploit: Hacking

Commission on Elections (Comelec): Government Agency 

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Risk to Business: 1.806 = Severe

Concerns are mounting about the possibility that sensitive voter data has been exposed after an audacious attack on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of The Philippines. Bad actors breached the system of the Comelec on January 8 and downloaded files that included sensitive information including the usernames and PINS of vote-counting machines (VCM). The cybercriminals made off with an estimated 60 gigabytes of data. Reports say that the stolen data included network diagrams, IP addresses, list of all privileged users, domain admin credentials, list of all passwords and domain policies, access to the ballot handling dashboard and QR code captures of the bureau of canvassers with login and password. The exposure of this data may impact upcoming elections in The Philippines in May.

Individual Impact: No consumer PII or financial data exposure was disclosed in this incident as of press time.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Government agencies have become juicy targets for cybercriminals looking to score a boatload ofsensitive information fast.

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Thailand – Siriraj Hospital

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/consumer/personal-data-of-og-department-store-customers-leaked 

Exploit: Hacking

Siriraj Hospital: Medical Center 

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Risk to Business: 2.721 = Moderate

An estimated 39 million patient records from Siriraj Hospital in Thailand, including VIP patients, has turned up for sale on the dark web. Threat actors offered samples from the 38.9 million patient records they claimed to have. This is the second attack on a major Thai hospital in 6 months.  

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Risk to Business: 2.605 = Moderate

The treasure trove of data supposedly includes names, addresses, Thai IDs, phone numbers, gender details, dates of birth and other patient personal information. 

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Personal data is always a winner for cybercriminals who are looking to make a quick profit in the booming dark web data markets.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Clients Safe in 2022


Don’t Let Anything Slip Off Your Radar!


You and your clients are gearing up for a busy year ahead. But cybersecurity woes can quickly put a damper on your customers’ 2022 plans as well as your MSPs revenue. In a recent IBM survey, researchers discovered that 67% of survey respondents say that both the volume and severity of cybersecurity incidents increased or significantly increased in the past 12 months. No one expects that pattern to change in 2022. If anything, businesses are looking at an even more dangerous year ahead.  


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Don’t Overlook Malware 


Ransomware is the type of malware that sucks up the most headlines, but it’s not the only malware threat that your clients are facing, even if it’s the only one they can readily identify. Ten years ago, the number of detected malware types stood at 28.84 million. By 2020, that number had ballooned to nearly 678 million varieties.  Other malware threats like payment skimmers, cryptominers and trojans can cause expensive, devastating damage to your client’s business.  Over the last decade, there has been an 87% increase in malware infections.  and a terrifying  50% of all malware attacks are aimed at SMBs.  

That means that your customers are at risk of a malware attack no matter what the size of their business. But you can help them reduce that risk by helping them protect themselves against the most common way that malware could enter their environment: phishing. More than 90% of malware arrives at businesses thanks to a phishing email. Security awareness training can quickly and effectively lower their risk of trouble while providing a host of other security benefits like increased cyber resilience. That’s important because 97% of employees are unable to recognize a sophisticated phishing email without training. 


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Ransomware Will Continue to Be a Huge Problem 


The ransomware scourge isn’t going away anytime soon. In the final months of 2021, ransomware continued its meteoric rise, chewing up cybercrime records. Ransomware attacks have ballooned from an estimated 78.3 million attacks in Q3 2020 to 190.4 million attacks in Q3 2021. Size, revenue, industry – nothing is a barrier that protects any business from ransomware. SMBs have just as much risk of getting hit by ransomware as the big guys.  About half of ransomware attacks hit businesses with less than 100 employees.  

Building a strong defense against ransomware isn’t easy, and both the types of ransomware threats that are out there and where they’re coming from is often murky. But you can guide your clients into taking a few precautions that can help them reduce their chances of falling victim to a ransomware attack. Employees can’t guard against something they don’t know how to spot. While ransomware may be top-of-mind for IT professionals, it’s barely a blip on non-IT professionals’ radar – only an estimated 30% of internet users even know what ransomware or malware is. Security awareness training solves that problem. 


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Make Sure Employees Know That Security is Everyone’s Job 


Security is stronger at a company when everyone understands its importance, but a large number of folks just don’t get it. In fact, many employees who are not in traditional technology roles don’t even think that there’s anything they can do about security. Worryingly, 45% of respondents in a HIPAA Journal survey said that they don’t need to worry about cybersecurity safeguards because they don’t work in the IT department. Those employees are engaging in unsafe security behaviors or neglecting to follow procedures because they don’t think security is in their job description, undermining the efforts that you’re making to keep their employer safe. That’s a big problem that all of your clients need to overcome in order to stay out of trouble.  

Stepping up security awareness training is a game-changer when it comes to reducing insider risk and developing a strong security culture. Negligent employees are responsible for about 60% of cybersecurity incidents. When employees learn about cybersecurity and how different cyberattacks threaten their organization, they’ll become more security conscious and less likely to make careless mistakes. It’s a great way to illustrate the importance of everyone knowing that they’re part of the security team.  


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Size Doesn’t Matter 


These days, every business is at risk of falling into cybercriminals’ sights. Unfortunately, many businesses don’t believe that’s true. Executives at 54% of small businesses in a 2021 survey said that they’re too small for a cyberattack, a dangerous fallacy. That leads to all sorts of difficulty for the MSPs and other IT professionals that are trying to secure them. More than two in five companies that have 50 or fewer employees don’t have any type of cybersecurity defense in action at all.  But they are at risk of trouble.  

There are all sorts of excuses for failing to invest in adequate or appropriate security, but money will always be somewhere near the top of the list. One in three small businesses with 50 or fewer employees rely on free or consumer-grade cybersecurity tools for all of their cyber defense. SMB executives may be reluctant to buy security solutions or re-up contracts for security when they’re tightening their belts. But sometimes decision-makers are reluctant because they aren’t well informed on a subject and don’t want to make a wrong move. 25% of SMB execs said that they wouldn’t know where to even start with SMB cybersecurity. Help your clients choose multipurpose solutions that offer strong protection and a great value to overcome objections.  


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Threats Will Continue to Grow in Sophistication 


Cybersecurity companies aren’t the only ones innovating. Cybercriminals are always upping the ante with new, hard-to-detect attacks in a bid to sneak past their victims’ security. Most businesses’ employees aren’t ready to face the challenge, especially if the company has slacked on security awareness training programs during the pandemic. The biggest bugbear on that front is phishing. When it comes to phishing, more than 95% of untrained employees cannot spot a sophisticated phishing message. Other cyberattacks aren’t much better.  Almost 30% of untrained users in a social engineering study fell for lures that enticed them to click on malicious links, download suspicious files and email attachments, enter their credentials at a fake site and even correspond with cybercriminals.   

Security awareness training works when it’s done regularly, optimally 11 times per year for each employee. Employees who receive regular security awareness training are much better equipped to spot and stop security threats, especially phishing. In a phishing study, 40 – 60% of the subjects were initially likely to open malicious links or attachments. But after about 6 months of security awareness training, the percentage of employees who took the bait in every industry dropped 20% to 25% – and after 3 to 6 months of more, that number dropped to only 10% to 18%.     


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No Business is Too Small for a Cyberattack


Do you think your business is too small to fall victim to a cyberattack? That’s not the case. No business is too small to be a target. Cybercriminals aren’t that picky. You may be surprised to learn that 50% of all cyberattacks are aimed at businesses with fewer than 100 employees.  

Medium businesses don’t fare any better. From 2020 to 2021, the number of cyberattacks attacks on mid-sized businesses increased by at least 50%, with attacks in health care and transportation increasing by more than 125%. 

Now is the time for a checkup to ensure that the solutions you have in place are still right for your business. If you’re not already doing security awareness training, now is also the perfect time to start doing it using a solution like BullPhish ID that offers lessons about cybersecurity and compliance training for employees without any techno-speak. Your business is at risk of a cyberattack. Is your defensive strategy ready to protect it? 


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