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The Week in Breach News: 06/21/23 – 06/27/23

June 28, 2023

This week: An unusual demand in a cyberattack on Reddit, more MOVEit victims emerge, new training videos in BullPhish ID and the results of our 2023 IT Operations Survey. 

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Gen Digital

Exploit: Ransomware

Gen Digital: Technology Company

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Risk to Business: 1.886 = Severe

Gen Digital, the parent company of cybersecurity brands such as Avast, Avira, AVG, Norton, and LifeLock, has confirmed that employees’ personal information was compromised in a ransomware attack tied to the MOVEit exploit. The company disclosed that some personal information of Gen employees and contractors was potentially exposed including a worker’s name, company email address, employee ID number, and in some limited cases home address and date of birth. The company was quick to note that it does not believe that any customer data was stolen. 

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Zero-day attacks and similar exploits are an unfortunate reality that businesses have to handle now and moving forward.

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Exploit: Ransomware

Reddit: Online Forum

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Risk to Business: 1.876 = Severe

BlackCat claims that it snatched 80GB of data from Redditt in a ransomware attack in February 2023 that is just coming to light. Reddit confirmed the attack, admitting that the bad actors made off with an array of internal documents, source code, employee data and limited data about the company’s advertisers. User data was not impacted. In an interesting twist, BlackCat is threatening to leak Reddit’s data if the company doesn’t pay the ransom and backtrack on its plans on charging for API access. Reddit has been facing backlash over its plan to charge for API access at an expected price of $0.24 per 1,000 calls.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Using ransomware to punish companies for instituting unpopular policies is just one more use for that dangerous menace.

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The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)

Exploit: Ransomware

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalSTRS): Benefits System

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Risk to Business: 1.469 = Severe

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest of its kind in the U.S., has announced that it has fallen victim to a cyberattack thanks to the MOVEit exploit that may impact 769,000 members. CalSTRS said that it became mixed up in this ongoing cyber incident through one of its service providers, PBI Research Services, on June 24. How much and what kind of data was stolen was not available at press time. CalSTRS says that retirees and beneficiaries with impacted personal information are being contacted by mail. The California State Teachers Retirement System, the public pension fund serving California teachers, has also disclosed that it is a victim of a similar attack.  

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Many exploits can be avoided by regularly patching and updating software and systems.

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Pilot Credentials

Exploit: Hacking

Pilot Credentials: Recruiting Platform

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Risk to Business: 2.149 = Severe

Airline pilot recruiting platform Pilot Credentials has disclosed that it has experienced a data breach. The Texas-based company said that bad actors obtained access to its network on April 30 and the impacted airlines, including Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, were notified of the attack on May 3. The files stolen contained a range of data about pilot applicants, including their names, Social Security numbers, passport numbers, driver’s license numbers, dates of birth, Airman Certificate numbers, and other government-issued identification numbers. An estimated 8000 people had their data exposed.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: This kind of very specialized data has many uses for bad actors, especially for spear phishing.

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Suncor Energy

Exploit: Hacking

Suncor Energy: Fuel Company

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Risk to Business: 1.337 = Extreme

Suncor Energy, the parent company of Petro-Canada gas stations, announced last week that it had been the victim of a cyberattack. The incident left customers unable to pay with a credit card or use their rewards points. The company assured the public that they are working to fix the problem quickly, but transactions with customers and suppliers will continue to be negatively impacted until the incident is resolved. Suncor Energy also stressed that it does not believe that any customer or employee data was taken.  

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: A cyberattack can often also lead to lost productivity and lost sales, adding more expense to the cleanup.

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Ireland – Public Appointments Service (PAS)

Exploit: Human Error

Public Appointments Service (PAS): Recruiter

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Risk to Business: 2.766 = Moderate

Ireland’s Public Appointments Service (PAS), and independent recruiter for government and civil service jobs, has disclosed that it has experienced a data breach caused by an employee error. PAS said that an administrative error when collating the mailing list for job message alerts led to the exposure of some job seeker data including a candidate’s name and the job alerts that they had subscribed to for an estimated 15,471 candidates.

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Australia – National Disability Insurance Agency

Exploit: Supply Chain Attack

National Disability Insurance Agency: Government Agency

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Risk to Business: 1.607 = Severe

Australia’s National Disability Insurance Agency is working to determine the extent of data theft that is connected with a February attack on law firm HWL Ebsworth. The agency had contracted with HWL Ebsworth for representation in legal appeals brought against the agency regarding client NDIS plans. HWL Ebsworth announced that it had first learned that a cyberattack (likely ransomware) by the BlackCat group had struck the firm on June 9, 2023, and the bad actors made off with data from a number of clients. BlackCat says that it obtained 3.6TB worth of data from the firm’s clients including this agency and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, and the gang began releasing the stolen data on its dark web leak site last week.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business:

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New Zealand – Smartpay

Exploit: Ransomware

Smartpay: Electronic Payment Solutions Company

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Risk to Business: 2.773 = Moderate

Smartpay announced that it had been the victim of a ransomware attack last week. The electronic payments provider confirmed that information from customers in Australia and New Zealand was stolen in the attack. The company did not specify exact data types, simply saying that it doesn’t collect or store individual cardholder information. Smartpay said it is investigating the incident with third-party experts CyberCX, and the government.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Banks, credit card companies, lenders and other financial industry players have been at the top of cybercriminal hit lists for the past few years.

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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 2023 IT Operations Survey

Discover what lies ahead for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) in 2023 and how this particularly challenging year will affect their business and growth prospects. The 2023 IT Operations Survey Report provides valuable insight into these questions and the IT trends and challenges shaping the trajectory of business IT operations.

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Shifting IT Priorities & Shrinking Budgets Create Challenges

Technology is constantly evolving, with world pressures and factors driving some of that evolution. The COVID-19 pandemic set off a tidal wave of change that was a game-changer, shaping the way that people and organizations work and do business. The fiscal measures taken around the world that were implemented to combat the global pandemic’s cost on the economy have given rise to a fresh crop of serious economic concerns. New technologies and considerations have also come onto the scene, bringing with them new changes and challenges that we will be grappling with in the future. For example, the buzz and anticipation surrounding new and expanded uses of artificial intelligence (AI) technology have led to a larger conversation about the implications of AI in our personal and professional lives.  

These changes have compelled companies of all sizes to reassess their operations and business strategies and identify areas for improvement. Kaseya’s 2023 IT Operations Survey looks at the steps that IT departments at small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are taking to navigate this exceptionally challenging year and come out strong. Factors such as recessionary fears, scarcity of skilled IT technicians and increase in cybersecurity risks are prompting SMBs to consider automation and integration as a means to overcome the challenges they face and deliver best-in-class end-user experience.

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5 Key Insights into Business IT Operations 

Here are five key insights from our analysis of our survey responses:  

1. SMBs are feeling the impact of economic uncertainty  

IT budgets and staffing are likely to take a hit as economic uncertainty continues. With the possibility of budget cuts and hiring freezes looming ahead, more businesses are looking to outsource to managed service providers (MSPs) to stay cost-efficient and productive.  

2. Automation is essential  

To weather the challenges and increase productivity, businesses are increasingly allocating resources toward automating more of the common tasks and tickets they face.  

3. Integration is non-negotiable 

To support increased automation and reduce vendor fatigue, more businesses are replacing legacy tools with properly integrated solutions.  

4. Updating legacy systems  

Traditional IT environments, with isolated tools, hinder automation and integration. Businesses are replacing legacy tools with cutting-edge technologies to remain competitive and respond to changing customer needs quickly.  

5. Cybersecurity remains a top priority  

Despite anticipating cost reductions and a hiring freeze, organizations are placing a strong emphasis on cybersecurity, with a focus on allocating resources and hiring talent in this area 

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IT budgets are tighter than ever 

When times are tough, budgets take a beating. Reflecting the concerns surrounding IT budgets, 18% of respondents stated that their 2023 IT budgets had decreased. This is an 8% increase in respondents selecting this option compared to 2022. IT spending on software, hardware and hiring is likely to bear the impact of cost-cutting measures since companies are implementing new policies better aligned to evolving economic and technological changes. About 40% of respondents, roughly the same as last year, said IT budgets increased. Many companies are planning strategic investments, such as in automation, cybersecurity and integration, that hold the potential to drive down costs and enhance overall efficiency in the long run.  

Source: Kaseya

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Budget cuts hit software the hardest

Budget cuts are an unpleasant reality that many companies face as they juggle economic pressures and the need to upgrade technology to keep pace with things like compliance and cybersecurity concerns. The biggest chunk of cuts is expected in software spending, with 40% of our respondents anticipating that software will bear the brunt of cost cuts. Respondents also expect hardware spending to decline significantly, with 35% highlighting this area as a likely target for cost-saving measures. Nearly one-quarter of respondents also anticipate reduced budgets to result in job cuts 

Source: Kaseya

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2023 budget drivers 

In an environment characterized by limited visibility into the future, achieving business growth has taken center stage. It’s the top 2023 budget driver for 32% of respondents. Achieving growth requires making strategic changes. Replacing outdated IT infrastructure, as identified by 29% of respondents, with solutions that are faster and capable of responding to evolving needs can help businesses stay competitive, tap into new markets and reduce operational costs.  

Security remains a high priority despite (or perhaps driven by) economic worries. With 28% of respondents selecting security incidents or concerns as their 2023 budget driver, it’s evident that businesses understand the importance of safeguarding their systems and data. Economic concerns are a significant factor too, with approximately 25% of respondents identifying them as one of the drivers for budget considerations in 2023. 

Source: Kaseya

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Almost half of respondents will invest in cybersecurity this year

With the growing importance of safeguarding sensitive data, businesses are recognizing the need for robust cybersecurity measures to stay ahead of the game. It’s no wonder 47% of the respondents said they will likely add or change cybersecurity solutions in 2023. However, they’re not stopping there. Backup and recovery solutions are also on their radar, knowing that a comprehensive data protection plan is the way forward.  

Ever stricter cybersecurity regulations mean that businesses cannot take compliance lightly, and one-quarter of our survey respondents want the right tools in their arsenal to tackle it head-on. Endpoint management and IT documentation are the heart of any IT setup, and companies want to use only the best solutions that integrate easily, are feature rich and easy on the pocket. 

Source: Kaseya

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Graphus — Automated email security is a cutting-edge solution that puts three layers of AI-powered protection between employees and phishing messages. It works equally well as a standalone email security solution or supercharges your Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace email security.  

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