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The Week in Breach News: 05/22/24 – 05/28/24

May 29, 2024

This week: Hacking at a big pharma services provider leads to a data breach for 11 major drug companies, the Mid-Year Cyber Risk Report 2024 just dropped and Vonahi’s report on the industries in which penetration testers found the most dangerous security problems.

What challenges will IT pros face in the second half of 2024? Find out in the Mid-Year Cyber Risk Report. GET IT>>


Exploit: Hacking

Cencora: Pharmaceutical Services Provider

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Risk to Business: 1.401 = Extreme

11 major drug companies have disclosed that they have suffered a data breach as the result of a February 2024 hacking incident at pharma services giant Cencora. The impacted companies include Bayer Corporation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, AbbVie, Incyte Corporation, Genentech, Sumitomo Pharma America, GlaxoSmithKline Group, Acadia Pharmaceuticals and Endo Pharmaceuticals. The California Attorney General’s Office said in a posting that Cencora had determined in an investigation that ended in April 2024 that patient data that Cencora retained for each of those companies including a patient’s full name, address, health diagnosis, medications and prescription data was accessed by bad actors. Cencora is offering recipients two years of free identity protection and credit monitoring services through Experian.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: A breach that involves sensitive medical data is an expensive proposition for a business or medical system.

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The Government of Albany County, New York

Exploit: Hacking

The Government of Albany County, New York – Regional Government

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Risk to Business: 1.856 = Severe

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy has confirmed that the county is experiencing cybersecurity trouble. So far, there hasn’t been a major disruption to county services. However, anyone seeking certificates of residency online will need to call the county Division of Finance, rather than use the county’s online service which is down. No determination has been made about the extent of the breach or if any data was stolen. County officials said that they are working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Emergency Services Cyber Incident Response Team to investigate the incident. 

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Governments and government agencies have seen an increasing tide of pressure from bad actors that is expected to continue.

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The City of Wichita, Kansas

Exploit: Ransomware

The City of Wichita, Kansas: Metropolitan Government

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Risk to Business: 1.721 = Severe

The city of Wichita, Kansas is beginning the slow climb back to full functionality after a successful ransomware attack by LockBit. The city disclosed last week that law enforcement incident and traffic information was snatched from its computer network between May 3 and 4, 2024. City officials pointed to an unnamed software vulnerability as the bad actors’ entry point. Data stolen in the incident includes peoples’ names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license or state identification card numbers and payment card information. The city warned residents that it will take time for all systems to be restored, including systems used to pay utility bills.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: It’s critical that every organization conduct regular phishing simulations to mitigate its risk for often email-based cyberattacks like ransomware.

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Exploit: Hacking

Sav-Rx: Prescription Management Provider

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Risk to Business: 1.803 = Severe

 Over 2.8 million people had personal and medical data exposed in a breach at prescription manager Sav-Rx. In a disclosure to the Maine Attorney General, the company noted that in October 2023, bad actors accessed data including patients’ names, dates of birth, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, insurance identification numbers and eligibility data for prescriptions. The company said that it is working with law enforcement in its continuing investigation.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Medical data, especially when it includes payment data, is a valuable commodity that bad actors are always looking to snatch.

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Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

Exploit: Human Error

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.: Recordkeeping Services

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Risk to Business: 1.712 = Severe

1,883 Walmart employees who participate in the Walmart 401(k) Retirement Plan were notified last week about a data breach that occurred at recordkeeper Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. The company told the impacted Walmart employees that on April 16, a Merrill employee mistakenly disclosed personal information to an unauthorized recipient in an email. The information exposed included the employees’ first names, last names and Social Security numbers. Merrill is providing a complimentary two-year membership in an identity theft protection service eligible for affected individuals.  

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Human error is still the leading cause of a data breach, but frequent employee training helps reduce risk.

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Trionfo Solutions

Exploit: Hacking

Trionfo Solutions: Business Intelligence Software Provider

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Risk to Business: 2.376 = Severe

Illinois-based Trionfo Solutions told the Attorney General of Maine that it had experienced a data security incident. The company said that bad actors illegally accessed its systems between December 4, 2023, and December 6, 2023. Breached information varies depending on the individual, but it may include a consumer’s name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, phone number and email address. Trionfo Solutions said that it has sent out data breach letters to anyone who was affected. 

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Bad actors will seek out any opening to exploit, making penetration testing a must-have to close gaps.

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TRC Talent Solutions

Exploit: Hacking

TRC Talent Solutions: Staffing Agency

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Risk to Business: 1.866 = Severe

TRC Talent Solutions, a Georgia-based staffing company sometimes known as TRC Staffing Services, has disclosed that it suffered a data breach to the Attorney General of Maine. The May 24, 2024, filing said that unauthorized parties gained access to a trove of data between March 25 and April 12, 2024. The intruders stole personal data that TRC was holding including the names and Social Security numbers of job seekers. TRC said that it has sent out data breach letters to anyone who was affected.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: A staffing company can be a great source for a variety of data making it attractive to the bad guys.

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Wales – The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU)

Exploit: Misconfiguration

rThe Welsh Rugby Union (WRU): Sports Group

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Risk to Business: 2.602 = Moderate

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) said that it is investigating a data breach that may have exposed nearly 70,000 members’ personal information. The organization pointed to a misconfigured AWS S3 bucket left publicly accessible as the source of the trouble. WRU disclosed that member data including full names, dates of birth, phone numbers, home addresses, email addresses, membership purchase details and the type of membership purchased was stored in that bucket. WRU stressed that no password or payment information has been compromised.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Even organizations like sports leagues are potential targets for cybercrime.

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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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The Mid-Year Cyber Risk Report 2024 is here! 

In our Mid-Year Cyber Risk Report, we lay out the biggest cyberthreats on the block in 202 while offering insight into the challenges that IT professionals may grapple with in the second half of this year.

  • Explore AI-enabled cybercrime, supply chain risk and zero-day exploits.
  • Look at 2024’s trends through the lens of seven impactful cyberattacks.
  • Gain insight into the threats we expect to see in the second half of the year.
  • Get tips to mitigate these dangerous threats.


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Every day, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) strive to keep their clients’ systems and data safe. However, that has become an increasingly difficult task as cybercriminals refine their Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs). The evolution of cyber threats means that cyberattacks have been continually growing in sophistication and frequency, and traditional methods of identifying vulnerabilities can’t keep up with the pace of that evolution.  After completing over 10,000 automated network penetration tests in 2023, Vonahi has identified the Top 10 critical internal network pentest findings across more than 1,200 organizations – and every information technology professional needs to see the results.  

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As MSPs continue to bolster their clients’ defenses against data theft and cyberattacks like ransomware, savvy cybercriminals have learned that they need to find new methods of penetrating that security. They’re looking for any way inside an organization’s perimeter. However, our research showed that businesses in some industries are more likely to have vulnerability risks than others.   

Which industry did pen testers uncover the most problems in when conducting tests? Technology. clocking in at a little over 12%. Investments came in second at about 11%. It’s important to note that investments and finance were considered separate fields in this report, with finance in fourth place at almost eight percent. That’s a total of over 18% for money-moving firms. The banking and financial services sector is traditionally a top target of cyberattacks. However, risk is growing and shifting in every sector as technologies like generative artificial intelligence (AI).

Source: Vonahi Security

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Enter automated penetration testing—a game-changer for MSPs looking to bolster their security offerings. Here’s why MSPs should seriously consider investing in automated penetration testing. 

1. Enhanced Efficiency and Scalability 

Manual penetration testing is a time-consuming process that requires significant human resources and expertise. Automated penetration testing, on the other hand, can scan large networks quickly and efficiently. By automating routine tasks, MSPs can free up their skilled professionals to focus on more complex issues. This scalability ensures that even as client bases grow, the quality of security assessments does not diminish. 

2. Continuous Monitoring and Real-Time Updates 

Cyber threats are constantly evolving, with new vulnerabilities emerging almost daily. Automated penetration testing tools provide continuous monitoring and real-time updates, ensuring that MSPs can detect and respond to threats as they arise. This continuous approach contrasts with the periodic nature of manual testing, offering a more dynamic and proactive security posture. 

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For many MSPs, budget constraints are a significant concern. Automated penetration testing reduces the need for extensive manual labor, which can be costly. By investing in automation, MSPs can offer more competitive pricing while still delivering comprehensive security services. This cost-effectiveness can be a crucial differentiator in a crowded market. 

4. Consistent and Reliable Results 

Human error is an inherent risk in any manual process. Automated penetration testing tools are designed to follow strict protocols and procedures, ensuring consistency and reliability in every test. This consistency helps build trust with clients, as they can be confident that their security assessments are thorough and accurate. 

5. Rapid Identification and Remediation of Vulnerabilities 

One of the primary benefits of automated penetration testing is its speed. These tools can quickly identify vulnerabilities, allowing MSPs to address them before they can be exploited. Rapid detection and remediation are critical in minimizing the potential damage from cyber attacks, protecting clients’ sensitive data and maintaining their trust. 

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6. Comprehensive Coverage 

Automated penetration testing tools can cover a wide range of attack vectors and scenarios that might be missed in manual testing. This comprehensive approach ensures that all potential vulnerabilities are identified, from web application flaws to network configuration issues. For MSPs, this means offering a more robust and all-encompassing security service. 

7. Regulatory Compliance and Reporting 

Many industries are subject to stringent regulatory requirements regarding cybersecurity. Automated penetration testing tools often include features that help MSPs generate detailed reports and maintain compliance with standards such as PCI-DSS, HIPAA, and GDPR. These tools can streamline the reporting process, ensuring that clients meet their regulatory obligations with minimal hassle. 

8. Competitive Advantage 

In a competitive marketplace, MSPs need to differentiate themselves. Offering automated penetration testing as part of a comprehensive security package can be a significant selling point. Clients are increasingly aware of the importance of cybersecurity, and those that provide cutting-edge solutions will stand out from the competition. 

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  • The investment and resources needed for both options
  • The benefits and challenges of each option
  • The experiences of other IT professionals in real-world case studies. 


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