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The Week in Breach News: 07/19/23 – 07/25/23

July 26, 2023

This week: Two ransomware attacks with disputed provenance, three major medical data breaches, the tale of a phishing email in Mississippi and three cyberattacks trends to watch in 2023.

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Estée Lauder

Exploit: Ransomware

Estée Lauder: Beauty Company

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Risk to Business: 1.734 = Severe

Legendary beauty brand Estée Lauder has disclosed that it has been the victim of a cyberattack that has resulted in data loss after an unauthorized third party gained access to some of its systems. The company warns that this incident will have an impact on its consumer-facing operations as well as its business operations. In an interesting twist, two different cybercrime gangs are claiming to have conducted successful attacks on Estée Lauder at virtually the same time. Cl0p claims to have hit the company as part of its MOVEit exploit spree. BlackCat/Alphv claimed that they’d attacked separately, saying on July 18 that they still had access to the company’s systems. Estée Lauder is working with Microsoft and Mandiant to investigate and remediate the incident.  

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Zero-day exploits are cybercriminal gold mines, but there are measures that can be taken to reduce risk.

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Tampa General Hospital (TGH)

Exploit: Ransomware

Tampa General Hospital (TGH): Medical Center

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Risk to Business: 1.876 = Severe

TGH reports that information of up to 1.2 million people may have been compromised in a cyberattack on the hospital that went on for over a week. Hospital officials confirmed that an unauthorized party accessed TGH’s network and stole data from its systems between May 12th and May 30th, 2023. The Snatch ransomware group is claiming to have 4T of compromised patient data. However, another up-and-coming ransomware group, Nokoyawa, has also added TGH to their dark web leak site. Stolen patient information may have included patients’ names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health insurance information, medical record and patient account numbers, dates of service and treatment information.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Up-and-coming ransomware groups will try to pull off large or high-profile attacks to gain notoriety.

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George County, Mississippi

Exploit: Ransomware

George County, Mississippi: Regional Government

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Risk to Business: 1.302 = Extreme

George County, MS is undertaking recovery efforts after a ransomware attack over the weekend. County officials said the trouble began when a county employee received a phishing message that they needed to download an update but actually downloaded ransomware. The trouble began last Saturday night and continued into Sunday. The county admits that its three servers are encrypted. In an interview, an official said that a ransom note had been left behind by the attackers but did not name the gang or share the amount of the ransom demand. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and agencies from the State of Mississippi are assisting in the investigation.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Governments and government agencies have been prime targets for ransomware attacks and need to take precautions to reduce risk.

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1st Source Corporation

Exploit: Hacking

1st Source Corporation: Financial Services

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Risk to Business: 2.149 = Severe

1st Source Corp has fallen victim to the MOVEit exploit. The lender said on Monday that about 450,000 records had been exposed in the incident. The bank told the Maine Attorney General’s Office that attackers may have accessed individuals’ names, dates of birth, SSNs, driver’s license or state identification card numbers, and other government identification numbers. Affected individuals are being offered identity monitoring services. 

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Obtaining names and social security numbers enables bad actors to facilitate identity theft.

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Exploit: Ransomware

Imagine360: Health Plan Solutions Company

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Risk to Business: 1.637 = Severe

Imagine360 has also fallen victim to CL0p’s MOVEit hacking campaign. The company admitted that it experienced a data breach first noticed in its Citrix that tracked back to MOVEit. In the January incident, sensitive files were copied by bad actors. Compromised information about policyholders includes names, medical information, health insurance information, and Social Security numbers. According to a data breach notification filed with Maine’s Attorney General’s Office, the incident has affected over 130,000 customers.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Healthcare data can contain several data types, making it especially attractive to bad actors.

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Exploit: Hacking

PokerStars: Gaming Platform

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Risk to Business: 1.766 = Severe

TSG Interactive US Services Limited, the U.S. -registered company behind popular gambling platform PokerStars in the U.S. has begun notifying users of a data breach caused by the MOVEit file transfer exploit. The company said that the data was snatched between May 30 and May 31, 2023. Personal user details, including names, addresses and Social Security numbers belonging to an estimated 110,291 people were exposed.  

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Companies need to take smart precautions now to minimize their risk of trouble from zero-day exploits.

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Charter Oak Federal Credit Union

Exploit: Hacking

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union: Financial Institution

1.51 – 2.49 = Severe Risk

Risk to Business: 1.707 = Severe

Connecticut-based Charter Oak Federal Credit Union was forced to shut down operations on a busy Friday after being hit by a cyberattack. Credit union officials said that the credit union was forced to shut down its IT systems, access to the website and its online banking portal on Friday because of the attack. The credit union’s 80,000 members can only bank in person or by phone. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Credit Union Administration are involved in the investigation.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: the financial services and banking sector has been pummeled by cybercriminals for the last few years.

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Norway – TOMRA

Exploit: Ransomware

TOMRA: Mining & Recycling

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Risk to Business: 1.713 = Severe

Norwegian mining and recycling giant TOMRA says it has shut down and isolated some systems after a cyberattack. The attack began on July 16, impacting internal IT services and some back-office applications, and potentially causing supply chain management problems. TOMRA’s office locations are offline with staff working remotely. The company’s reverse vending machines and non-mining divisions like Recycling and Food are also experiencing intermittent difficulties, but the bulk of the damage appears to be in the company’s mining operations. TOMRA said it is working with external specialists to resolve the situation.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Industrials have been facing an increased risk for cybersecurity trouble and increased threats to operational technology (OT).

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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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Now, another unbeatable feature is available, and it’s also included with Datto EDR: Ransomware Rollback. With one click, instantly revert files to their original state after a ransomware attack and ensure normal business operations are up and running without any loss of time, money or data. 

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3 Guides to the State of Cybercrime Right Now

The Mid-Year Cybercrime Report 2023: Take a look at six notable breaches and cybercrime trend data from the first half of 2023 to be ready for the next half. DOWNLOAD IT>>
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Cyberattacks are something that every business has to worry about. Overall cyberattack rates climbed by 7% globally in Q1 2023, and when Q2’s data is tallied, that number is likely to be even bigger. While cyberattacks of all sorts are always a risk, some cyberattacks are trendier than others. In our Mid-Year Cybercrime Report 2023, we looked at the cybercrime landscape for H1 2023 and some of the cybercrime trends that we observed. Drilling down, we explored six cyberattack trends through real-life examples. Here are three examples of devastating cyberattack vectors that we expect to continue to cause trouble for businesses this year.  

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Cybercrime trend: Major service disruptions

Ransomware attacks on big, public-facing service providers are a cybercriminal favorite, and they’ve been busy in 2023. The February 2023 attack on TV and telecom service provider Dish Network is a fitting example of that tactic. In one fell swoop, bad actors knocked out television and phone service for a wide swathe of Americans. The goal here was to wring a large ransom payment out of the victim quickly while its customers were making noise about the service disruption, impacting the company’s reputation.

Victim: Dish Network

Date of initial report: March 7, 2023

Exploit: Ransomware

At the time we wrote: Major U.S. satellite television provider Dish Network has been knocked off the air by a suspected ransomware attack. Customers first noticed the service outage last Thursday and the problem persisted through the weekend. The outage appears to affect most parts of the company, including online bill payment services, customer service and Boost Mobile, the prepaid wireless carrier Dish acquired in 2020. Dish has not made a formal statement about the incident and no ransomware group has claimed responsibility.

The aftermath: Beyond the multi-day service outage that drew unflattering press attention, Dish Network has had other major problems to contend with as a result of this incident. The company’s investigation uncovered an estimated 300,000 customers had their personal data stolen in the attack. Dish subsequently told customers it did not have evidence that their stolen data had been misused; instead, the company said that it had received assurance that the data was deleted. This points to the unfortunate likelihood that Dish paid the ransom. The company is also facing a bevy of class-action lawsuits from investors.

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Cybercrime trend: Zero-day exploits 

Bad actors are always looking for new ways to penetrate a target’s security to obtain access to their systems and data. They often find that opening by taking advantage of a previously unknown vulnerability, called a zero-day exploit. One of this year’s widest cyberattack sprees is a prime example of exactly how powerful and damaging a zero-day exploit can be. Cl0P, a major ransomware gang, was able to leverage a zero-day vulnerability in Fortra’s GoAnywhere managed file transfer (MFT) software to perpetrate hundreds of attacks against organizations and government agencies across the globe, including Hitachi Energy in Switzerland.  

Victim: Hitachi Energy  

Date of initial report: March 21, 2023 

Exploit: Hacking 

At the time we wrote: 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 MFT software. Cl0p claims to have breached more than 100 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. 

The aftermath: The security flaw, categorized as high-severity, is being tracked as CVE-2023-0669. The vulnerability gave attackers the ability to remotely execute code on unpatched GoAnywhere MFT instances with their administrative console connected to the internet. Fortra released a patch for the issue in version 7.1.2 of the software in February 2023, but not fast enough to outrun the bad guys who weaponized it as a zero-day starting around January 18. Cl0P has claimed responsibility for 130 ransomware attacks carried out through exploitation of the vulnerability, including hits on the City of Toronto, Community Health Systems (one of the largest health systems in the United States), Investissement Québec and Rio Tinto (the world’s second-largest metals and mining corporation). 

Right now: This scenario is once again playing out on a much larger scale as the MOVEit exploit continues to haunt businesses and provide the Cl0p ransomware gang with a steady stream of targets. As of press time, they’ve snagged more than 350 organizations in their net from a variety of sectors including government, retail and transportation. We’ll stay with the story as it continues to develop, and bring you an in-depth analysis soon. 

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Cybercrime trend: Attacks on business service providers 

Ransomware groups face increasing legal pressure around the world, spurring some cybercriminals to carefully plan strategic attacks to get maximum benefit for the risk. Business service providers are prime targets for those attacks. Unfortunately, attacks on service providers can lead to a cascade of negative consequences for their customers. That is illustrated in one of the biggest breaches so far in 2023 at Capita, a U.K. pension services company. Ultimately, the impact of this breach was felt widely by businesses, government agencies and their employees as well as consumers across the United Kingdom.  

Victim: Capita 

Date of initial report: April 4, 2023 

Exploit: Ransomware  

At the time we wrote: London-based business services giant Capita has disclosed that it has been hit by a cyberattack that has caused disruption to some of its internal processes. The company said in a statement that the cyberattack primarily impacted access to internal Microsoft 365 applications and some online services for customers for about three days. Capita serves dozens of high-profile clients in the UK including the NHS and the military.  

The aftermath: So far, the investigation has revealed that hundreds of thousands of people had their personal information exposed in this incident. At the time of the incident, Capita provided pension administration services to the largest private pension program in the United Kingdom, the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), with 470,000 members. Capita also provided services for other major pension schemes, including those of Marks and Spencer, Diageo, Unilever and Rothesay. The company said in mid-May that it expected to incur costs of up to $25 million to resolve the incident. The Black Basta ransomware group initially claimed responsibility, threatening to sell Capita’s data. However, the gang has removed Capita from its dark web leak site, an indication that Capita may have paid the ransom.

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