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The Week in Breach News: 07/20/22 – 07/26/22

July 27, 2022

A new Twitter hack exposes data for 5.4 million accounts, LockBit scores hits on two municipalities, explore 3 major shifts in the data breach landscape and Powered Services Pro’s new Done-4-U 2.0.

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Exploit: Hacking

Twitter: Social Media Network

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Risk to Business: 2.783 = Moderate

Cybercriminals say that they’ve exploited a vulnerability in the Twitter platform to obtain data about 5.4 million accounts. Altogether, bad actors claim to have snatched data from 5.4 million accounts, with the data now up for sale on a hacker forum for $30,000. Twitter was alerted to the exploit in January 2022 and fixed it quickly, but the damage had already been done. The method used to scrape the data was similar to an attack on Facebook in 2021. Twitter has not confirmed or denied the attack as of press time, saying that the incident is under investigation.  

Individual Impact: No information about consumer/employee PII, PHI or financial data exposure was available at press time.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Cybercriminals are always happy to exploit vulnerabilities and security gaps that allow them to obtain data.

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AllOne Health Resources, INC.

Exploit: Business Email Compromise (BEC)

AllOne Health Resources: Insurance Company

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Risk to Business: 1.672 = Severe

AllOne Health Resources, Inc. Has experienced a data breach as the result of a business email compromise attack. The company says that an unauthorized party gained access to sensitive consumer data contained on its network after landing the BEC attack. According to AllOne Health, the company discovered the breach after it realized that the company’s finance department had sent several wire transfers to a fraudulently created bank account. That prompted an investigation which revealed that bad actors had gained access to an employee’s email account and snatched sensitive data.  

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Individual Risk: 1.703 = Severe

Exposed information includes the names, addresses, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, Social Security numbers and health information of 13,669 individuals.  

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business A data security disaster in the healthcare sector is extra expensive and damaging after regulators weigh in.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts

Exploit: Supply Chain Risk

Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts: Insurance Company 

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Risk to Business: 1.701 = Severe

Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts has filed a notice with the Maine Attorney General’s Office stating that the company had suffered a breach of employee pension data thanks to an insider incident at a vendor, LifeWorks US. BCBS of Massachusetts and BCBS of Massachusetts HMO Blue used the vendor for services related to employee pension plan payments. BCBS says that on May 17, 2022, a now former LifeWorks employee mishandled data by emailing spreadsheets containing identifiable information about BCBS employees to both their personal email address and the personal email address of another former LifeWorks employee.  

Individual Impact: No information about consumer/employee PII, PHI or financial data exposure was available at press time.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Supply chain risk is an ongoing problem that won’t be going away anytime soon, and cybercrime doesn’t even have to be involved for it to damage a business.

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Exploit: Ransomware

Entrust: Software Company

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Risk to Business: 1.776 = Severe

Digital security software maker Entrust has confirmed that it suffered a cyberattack where threat actors breached its network and stole data from internal systems. Entrust says that about two weeks ago, bad actors penetrated security and gained access to corporate data. The company maintains that data theft does not have an impact on its products and services. No ransomware group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of press time, and no ransom demand has been released. 

Individual Impact: No information about consumer/employee PII, PHI or financial data exposure was available at press time.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Bad actors aren’t just looking for PII/PHI or financial data, they’re also in the market to steal data about OT and proprietary data.

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Exploit: Hacking

Neopets: Video Game Website

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Risk to Business: 2.304 = Severe

Virtual pet website Neopets has suffered a data breach that resulted in the theft of source code and a database containing the personal information of over 69 million members. A hacker on the dark web going by the name TarTarX is selling the source code and database for the website for four bitcoins. Neopets recently launched NFTs that will be an element in an upcoming online Metaverse game.  

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Individual Risk: 2.215 = Severe

The data includes members’ usernames, names, email addresses, zip code, date of birth, gender, country, an initial registration email and other site/game-related information. 

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business The bad guys are always hungry for big pools of data, and adding some source code to the mix makes it even better.

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Gas South, LLC

Exploit: Hacking

Gas South, LLC.: Natural Gas Company 

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Risk to Business: 1.929 = Severe

Atlanta, Georgia natural gas provider Gas South has disclosed a data breach that may have exposed consumer data. The company says that an unauthorized party had access to its network between February 13 and February 23, 2022, with access to sensitive consumer data related to 38,000 individuals. Gas South is the largest natural gas provider in the Southeastern United States. 

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Individual Risk: 2.215 = Severe

The consumer information exposed may have included customers’ Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and financial data.    

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Utilities and other infrastructure targets have been under the gun for the last year, with 14 of 16 critical infrastructure sectors hit by a cyberattack in 2021.

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Exploit: Hacking

Qmunity: Non-Profit 

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Risk to Business: 2.017 = Severe

Non-profit Qmunity, a 2SLGBTQ+ resource and online community provider, says that its website has been hacked, leading to service disruptions. Cybercriminals injected malicious code into the site, deferring users to download apps and illicit third-party pages. Most website functions have been restored and no client or personal data stored was accessed. This is the second cyberattack aimed at a Vancouver-based 2SLGBTQ+ resource in the past few weeks. 

Individual Impact: No information about consumer/employee PII, PHI or financial data exposure was available at press time.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Adding or adjusting links to be malicious is a signature trick of cybercriminals and they never stop using it.

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The Town of St. Mary’s, Ontario

Exploit: Ransomware

St. Mary’s, Ontario: Municipality 

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Risk to Business: 2.017 = Severe

A ransomware attack has hit the town of St Mary’s in Ontario, locking staff out of internal systems and encrypted data. The ransomware group LockBit has claimed responsibility. The cybercriminals uploaded a sample to their leak site containing directories corresponding to municipal operations like finance, health and safety, sewage treatment, property files, and public works. Town officials were quick to reassure citizens that essential municipal services like transit and water systems haven’t been impacted. No word on any ransom demand or if the municipality plans to pay. LockBit is also responsible for another attack on a small town this week, hitting Frederick, Colorado on July 14. The group is demanding $200,000 not to publish the data snatched from Frederick, CO. 

Individual Impact: No information about consumer/employee PII, PHI or financial data exposure was available at press time.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Governments and agencies have been targets for ransomware because the bad guys know they have a higher chance of getting paid thanks to the time-sensitive nature of government services.

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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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3 Resources to Help You Expand Your Security Awareness Training Business

These resources are full of useful data and tips that can help you expand your security and compliance awareness training business, make compelling pitches to clients and prospects as well as overcome objections.

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The Global Year in Breach 2022

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3 Key Takeaways from IRTC Q1 Data Breach Report  

See where threats to your clients’ data are coming from!

The data breach landscape is always in flux, and it has been evolving quickly in the last few years. As cybercrime numbers have jumped up, more organizations than ever are dealing with the menace of cybercriminals that are after their data. That means that your clients are at risk of a data disaster. The new Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) H1 2022 Data Breach Report illustrates the shifting sands of data security and offers a look at the vectors of the threats to their data that your clients are facing every day. 

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Data Compromise Numbers Are Up Quarter-Over-Quarter 

Data compromises have slightly increased between Q1 and Q2 2022, following a continual pattern of small but significant increases quarter over quarter. But year over year, the pace of data compromises has slowed a little bit. The number of data compromises that ITRC researchers noted in the first half (H1) of 2022 is down 4% percent compared to the same period in 2021, down from a record high of 1862 in 2021. So far in 2022, ITRC researchers have logged 817 publicly reported data breaches that added up to over 53 million victims. That’s a slight decrease from the same period in 2021 when ITRC logged a record-high 851.  

H1 Compromise Report

  • Total Data Compromises: 817 compromises; 53,350,425 victims 
  • Data Breaches: 802 data breaches; 46,209,107 victims
  • Data Exposures: 10 data exposures; 7,136,948 victims

Researchers were quick to note that the declines in data compromise numbers could be due to an undesirable factor that played a big part in this report. In past years, most data breaches that ITRC recorded were attributed to a specific cause, but an increasingly large number of breaches that investigators are recording don’t have a cause attributed to them at all. An estimated 40% of data breach notices did not include basic information that allowed the researchers to categorize them accurately, such as attack vector and/or a victim count. That led to “unknown” making its way to the top of the list as the primary cause of data breaches so far this year, for the first time since ITRC began tracking them.   

Why this matters: Even a slight increase in data compromises is bad news for businesses. Plus, the added complication of a large number of compromises that don’t have a cause attributed to them will make everyone’s job a little harder because it will make it harder for IT professionals to gain a clear picture of the direction that trouble might come from next.  

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Phishing Was the #1 Root Cause of Data Compromises in H1 2022 

Phishing never stops being the bane of every IT professional’s job and the root cause of more data breaches than any other cyberattack in the first half of 2022. A flood of phishing has been inundating businesses, with a new record set in the number of phishing attacks recorded in Q1 2022, surpassing 1 million recorded attacks for the first time. For instances of a data breach where the cause was specified in this report, the phishing/smishing/BEC category reigned supreme, the cause of 219 breaches, followed by ransomware and other malware.  

Origins of H1 Cyberattacks That Spawned a Data Breach

Malware 46
Other 17
Non-secured Cloud Environment5
N/A – not specified317
Credential Stuffing6

Total: 734 breaches impacting 35,891,170 victims

Source: ITRC

That squares with recent data that shows that email is the riskiest channel for data loss in an organization, but phishing isn’t always the culprit for an organization’s email-related data loss.  In a recent study, 65% of IT security practitioners cited email as their biggest data loss risk, followed by cloud file-sharing services (62%) and instant messaging platforms (57%). Much of that data loss was the result of improper employee behavior including mistakes and malicious insider activity. The leading cause of data loss incidents (40%) was employee negligence like the failure to comply with data security policies. An estimated 23% of organizations in the study experienced up to 30 security incidents involving employees’ use of email every month ranging from sending the wrong file to interacting with a phishing message.   

Why this matters: It’s no secret that phishing is the biggest data compromise and cyberattack risk that your clients face but quantifying it can make it easier for clients to understand the depth of the problem and how it could impact them. This is good data to use when discussing your client’s email security needs and why it may be time for an upgrade.  

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An Estimated 87% of Data Compromises in H1 2022 Were Due to a Cyberattack 

Cyberattacks are the top reason for data compromise overall, a result that isn’t unexpected. This is also where the lack of attribution in many of the data compromises in this period comes into play most significantly. Of the 367 breaches noted in Q2 2022, 169 of them had an unspecified root cause. But for the data breaches that did have a cause attributed, Phishing/BEC is at the top of the list followed by ransomware. There was a shift in the number of ransomware attacks that researchers logged between Q1 and Q2 2022. Ransomware attacks that could be linked to breaches dropped 20% in Q2 2022 from the previous quarter, the first drop since the ITRC began tracking ransomware in 2018. Researchers speculated on a number of factors that may have contributed to that decline, including the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the downfall of cryptocurrencies.  

When looking at year-over-year data the pattern is clear. Data compromises are increasing at a rapid clip every year, wth a major jump between 2020 and 2021. We’ve only got half-year data for 2022 so far, but it doesn’t look like threats to your clients’ data will abate anytime soon.    

Source: ITRC

Why this matters: Every little bit of threat intelligence helps. Knowing the vectors of cyberattack-related data compromises, can help you better secure your clients from data compromise threats now and down the road. It also gives you information that you can use to establish a foundation for the argument that your clients need security upgrades.  

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