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The Week in Breach News: 03/14/23 – 03/21/23

March 22, 2023

This week: The Cl0p ransomware gang goes on a zero-day exploitation spree, a supply chain attack nets trouble for the NBA, a data breach at Australia’s Latitude Financial, a new checklist to help mitigate email-based cyberattack risk and a deep dive into the risks that today’s dark web presents for businesses.

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Exploit: Ransomware

Essendant: Office Supply Retailer

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Risk to Business: 1.702 = Severe

Essendant, a wholesale distributor of office products, has disclosed that it is experiencing a significant and ongoing outage due to ransomware that knocked the company’s operations offline. The LockBit ransomware group had claimed responsibility for the attack, adding Essendant to its dark web leak site on March 14, 2023. Essendant’s network outage began around March 6 and has impacted many facets of the company’s operations including placement and fulfillment of online orders as well as freight carrier pickups. No ransom amount was specified.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Suppliers and service providers have been squarely in cybercriminal sights.

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U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA)

Exploit: Misconfiguration

U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA): Sports League

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Risk to Business: 2.711 = Moderate

 The U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) is notifying fans of a data breach after some of their personal information was found to have potentially been exposed through a contractor for the league. A breach notice mailed to impacted fans said: “We recently became aware that an unauthorized third party gained access to, and obtained a copy of, your name and email address, which was held by a third-party service provider that helps us communicate via email with fans who have shared this information with the NBA.” The third-party contractor has not been named. The NBA reassured fans that its network has not been hacked and that fans usernames and passwords for NBA sites were safe.  

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Supply chain attacks have been consistently rising as cybercriminals look for new ways to squeeze businesses.

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NorthStar Emergency Paramedic Services

Exploit: Hacking

NorthStar Emergency Paramedic Services: Ambulance Service

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Risk to Business: 1.808 = Severe

Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s NorthStar Emergency Paramedic Services has informed patients that their information may have been exposed in a hacking incident. In an announcement on its website, the service told customers that on September 16, 2022, NorthStar discovered unusual activity on its network. Investigators determined that a threat actor had gained access to patient information. Patient data that may have been exposed includes individuals’ names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, patient ID number, treatment information, Medicare/Medicaid number and/or health insurance information. Impacted patients have been informed by letter. 

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Even a small healthcare sector business will incur a big fine if they have an information security issue.

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Belgium – Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) Saint-Pierre

Exploit: Hacking

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) Saint-Pierre: Medical Center 

1.51 – 2.49 = Severe Risk

Risk to Business: 1.623 = Severe

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) Saint-Pierre in Brussels experienced a major disruption last week as the result of an unnamed cyberattack. The incident led to ambulances being diverted and staffers were forced to resort to old-school paper records because of a systems outage that lasted for several days. The hospital managed to get its servers back up and running over the weekend. An investigation into the incident is ongoing and appropriate law enforcement authorities have been notified. The hospital’s website remained unavailable on Monday. 

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: IBad actors know that hospitals are time-sensitive institutions, making them especially attractive ransomware targets.

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The Netherlands – Royal Dirkzwager

Exploit: Ransomware

Royal Dirkzwager: Maritime Logistics Company

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Risk to Business: 2.899 = Moderate

 Dutch maritime logistics firm Royal Dirkzwager has been struck by a ransomware attack by the Play ransomware group. The company was added to Play’s leak site over the weekend, with 5G of sample data provided as proof of the hack. The group claims to have snatched proprietary data as well as personal confidential data like employee IDs, passports and contracts. The company confirmed the attack but did not say whether or not they planned to pay a ransom, also saying that they have notified the Dutch Data Protection Authority.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Shipping companies, both on land and by sea, have become favored targets for cybercriminals in the last two years.

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Switzerland – Hitachi Energy

Exploit: Hacking

Hitachi Energy: Energy Technology Company

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Risk to Business: 1.709 = Severe

Hitachi Energy is the latest company to admit that they fell victim to an attack by the Cl0p ransomware group. The gang has been on a spree, exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Fortra’s GoAnywhere managed file transfer (MFT) software. Cl0p claims to have breached more than 130 organizations through the vulnerability. California-based digital bank Hatch Bank, healthcare provider Community Health Systems and cybersecurity firm Rubrik have publicly admitted to being hit in that wave of attacks. Hitachi said that the incident may have resulted in the exposure of employee personal data but not consumer data, and that its network operations were not impacted.  

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Infrastructure targets are constantly at risk, and bad actors discovering a zero-day exploit doesn’t help the cause.

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Australia – QIMR Berghofer

Exploit: Supply Chain Attack

QIMR Berghofer: Medical Researcher

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Risk to Business: 1.711 = Severe

Patients who participated in Australia’s largest skin cancer study are learning that their personal data may have been accessed by bad actors as part of a data security incident at a third-party contractor for the medical research company QIMR Berghofer. Servers owned and operated by Datatime, a technology company hired by QIMR Berghofer to scan and process surveys, were hacked, resulting in the personal data of an estimated 1,000 Australians becoming exposed. Impacted patients may have had data including their name, address and Medicare numbers accessed by cybercriminals. Datatime maintained that it intended to delete the survey data after 12 months, but hackers struck before that time had elapsed.  

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: A hack like this scores medical data and personal data at the same time, giving bad guys two valuable commodities on the dark web.

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Australia – Latitude Financial

Exploit: Credential Compromise 

Latitude Financial: Financial Services Firm 

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Risk to Business: 1.473 = Extreme

Consumer credit and finance provider Latitude Financial said it has been the victim of a hacking incident. The company provides consumer finance services to a variety of retailers including Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys. Latitude has disclosed that bad actors made off with the identification documents of 328,000 consumers including the driver’s license details of about 100,000 customers. Reports say that Latitude’s network was breached directly, enabling bad actors to gain access to two of Latitude’s service providers. The incident is ongoing, and Latitude has admitted that the scope of the stolen data may grow.  

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Credential compromise inevitably leads to bad outcomes like this expensive, damaging disaster.

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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 range of factors for each incident

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How Can the Dark Web Hurt Businesses Today? 

The dark web is often seen as a mysterious place. Sometimes, it is used for legitimate reasons by people like dissidents and journalists who want to keep their business and their identities secret. But more commonly, this shadowy part of the internet is the domain of cybercriminals, nation-state threat actors and other shady characters — and most of these players engage in activities that can harm businesses. In our new eBook The IT Professional’s Guide to the Dark Web we’ll explore today’s dark web, who uses it, what they use it for and what’s for sale in dark web markets. We’ll also look at the biggest risks the dark web presents for businesses. Learning more about the dark web and its booming economy will help you understand the perils your organization faces, making it easier to find the right solutions and strategies to mitigate dark web danger. 

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4 Ways the Dark Web Can Hurt Businesses 

The dark web is the point of origin for many of today’s most nasty and damaging cyberattacks. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that global cybercrime costs will grow by 15% per year over the next five years, reaching $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. These are four of the most common hazards that businesses face from the dark web. 

Stolen credentials 

One of the biggest dangers to businesses from the dark web is the danger of credential compromise. Initial access brokers specialize in selling credentials that unlock the door to companies. Sometimes they gain those credentials from malicious insiders or former employees. In other cases, bad actors buy or obtain huge lists of credentials stolen in other breaches. They are often used in credential stuffing attacks — a cyberattack in which bad actors pelt a company’s defenses with thousands of credentials quickly in the hope that someone at that company has recycled a compromised password. There are more than 24.6 billion complete sets of usernames and passwords in circulation on the dark web, which is four full sets of credentials for every person on earth. 

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Insecure operational technology or industrial control systems  

Bad actors are hungry for information about businesses’ operational technology (OT) or industrial control systems. Every time that type of data falls into their hands, it makes it easier for them to conduct cyberattacks against infrastructure and manufacturing targets. Nation-state threat actors are interested in this data for their own purposes. Mandiant analysts discovered that one in seven cyberattacks gives the bad guys access to sensitive information about a business’s operation technology or industrial control systems.   

Malicious insiders 

When an employee wants to harm their employer or make money fast, the dark web is one of the first places they turn. Malicious insiders have many profitable options on the dark web, including selling their legitimate credentials or peddling company’s proprietary data, customer lists or intellectual property. Malicious insider actions are responsible for an estimated 25% of confirmed data breaches.   

Stolen data 

Stolen data is fuel for many cybercrimes, and all kinds of stolen data is readily available on the dark web. Cybercriminals aren’t picky. They’ll steal personal data, medical data, customer records, financial information, proprietary data, payment information, intellectual property, trade secrets and just about any other type of data they can get their hands on. For example, nearly 60 million compromised payment card records were posted for sale on dark web platforms in 2022. Some of the data that enters dark web markets can also be used to craft dangerously compelling spear phishing messages. 

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How can I protect a business from dark web threats? 

It pays for businesses to take smart precautions against dark web threats. Fortunately, mitigating dark web risk is easy and affordable. These solutions can help. 

Dark web monitoring       

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Phishing is the most likely way that an employee will come into contact with a cyberattack. Phishing is a cottage industry on the dark web, and data that is floating around in dark web forums is often used to fuel phishing attacks. Security awareness training that includes clear explanations of what a phishing attack looks like and phishing simulations that keep employees on their toes are vital tools for reducing employee errors like falling for a phishing message created by cybercriminals. 

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Since phishing is the most likely way for an employee to encounter a cyberattack, that makes email security a major pillar of any successful defense against cyberattacks. For example, a spear phishing email is the most likely channel for employees to encounter specialized cyberattacks like a business email compromise (BEC) attempt powered by dark web data. 

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A security operations center (SOC) is the nerve center of the security team but setting one up can be costly. That’s why choosing a managed SOC or managed detection and response (MDR) is a smart money move. A managed SOC offers companies with lean security teams the ability to benefit from major cybersecurity expertise to hunt, triage and mitigate cyber security threats including threats that emerge from the dark web without a major hit to their budget. 

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