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The Week in Breach News: 09/01/21 – 09/07/21

September 08, 2021

Two COVID-19 contact tracing and testing platform breaches show a continuing trend in that area, Fujitsu had data debut on the dark web and a look at how ransomware targets are chosen – is your client next? 

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Pacific City Bank

Exploit: Ransomware

Pacific City Bank: Financial Institution

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Risk to Business: 1.623 = Severe

Pacific City Bank, a California-based bank that focuses on the Korean-American community, was rocked by ransomware. The bank was hit by the AVOS Locker ransomware gang last week. On Saturday, September 4, 2021, the ransomware gang added the bank to its leak site and published some screenshots as proof of the hack including a ZIP archive that contains a series of documents allegedly stolen from the bank. The incident is under investigation.

Individual Impact: No information was available at press time to say if employee, customer or consumer financial details or PII was compromised in this incident but since it is a bank that’s highly likely.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware gangs have been hungry for financial industry data and they’ve been stepping up attacks against targets that have it, especially small-time players that tend to have weak security.

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DuPage Medical Group

Exploit: Hacking

DuPage Medical Group: Healthcare Practice 

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Risk to Business: 1.636 = Severe

DuPage Medical Group is notifying 600,000 patients that their personal information may have been compromised during a July cyberattack. The largest independent physician group in Illinois experienced a computer and phone outage that lasted nearly a week in mid-July. Investigators determined that the incident was caused by unauthorized actors who accessed its network between July 12 and July 13.

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Individual Risk: 1.866 = Severe

The investigators determined that files containing patient information including names, addresses, dates of birth, diagnosis codes, codes identifying medical procedures and treatment dates may have been exposed. For a small number of people, Social Security numbers may have been compromised.

Customers Impacted: 600,000 patients

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Exposed medical data isn’t just a disaster upfront. Big penalties from state and federal regulators can cause damage that’s hard to recover from.

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Career Group, Inc.

Exploit: Ransomware

Career Group, Inc.: Staffing Company

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Risk to Business: 1.673=Severe

California-based staffing service Career Group, Inc. Experienced a data breach, between June 28 and July 7. In the company’s letter to regulators, it stated that it had received assurances from the cybercriminals involved that its data would be deleted, indicating a probable ransomware incident.

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Individual Risk: 1.673=Severe

The company noted in a letter to the Maine Attorney General’s Office the fact that the stolen data included PII from applicants and placements including Social Security numbers, but no further details were available at press time.

Customers Impacted: 49,476

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Staffing services are a goldmine for cybercriminals because they offer the opportunity to quickly score a large amount of desirable financial data and PII.

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Howard University

Exploit: Ransomware

Howard University: Institution of Higher Learning

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Risk to Business: 1.917 = Severe

Howard University announced that they are investigating a ransomware attack. The incident disrupted online classes for several days. In person instruction was unaffected. The school’s Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) intentionally shut down the university’s network to investigate. So far, investigators have not found that any personal data on staff or students has been stolen.

Individual Impact: No information was available at press time about the types of data that was stolen if any.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Schools of every size have been prime targets for cybercriminals since the beginning of the pandemic, and that pressure is not relenting.

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France – Francetest 

Exploit: Misconfiguration

Francetest: COVID-19 Test & Trace Platform 

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Risk to Business: 1.721 = Severe

A misconfiguration in an online platform used to transfer data from antigen tests carried out at pharmacies to the government platform SI-DEP has made hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 test results public, along with the PII of the patients who took them. In a particularly interesting detail of this story, the misconfiguration was discovered when a patient with IT expertise discovered that the open-source content management system WordPress was being used to manage sensitive data. She could access files containing other patients’ information via the URL tree and even create an account without being a pharmacist.

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Individual Risk: 1.761 = Severe

Exposed data included patients’ full names, genders, dates of birth, social security numbers, contact details (including email address, telephone number and postal address) and test results including COVID-19 status.

Customers Impacted: 700,000

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Human error is still the biggest cause of a data breach and this is one mistake that’s going to cost a fortune by the time GDPR penalties are calculated.

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France – France-Visas

Exploit: Hacking

France-Visas: Government Services Platform 

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Risk to Business: 1.919 = Severe

A cyber-attack has compromised the data of around 8,700 people applying for visas to visit or move to France via the official government-run France-Visas website. No details of the nationalities affected or other information about the applicants that had information exposed was released, but French officials say that they have been contacted by mail.

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Individual Risk: 1.778 = Severe

Applicant PII including names, passport and identity card numbers, nationalities and birth dates was snatched by the hackers. No financial information was exposed. Officials noted a low potential for misuse because of strict GDPR compliance procedures.

Customers Impacted: 8,700

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Their compliance may be stringent, but their security is lacking, and that’s going to cost a pretty penny when penalties are handed down from GDPR regulators.

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Japan – Fujitsu

Exploit: Hacking

Fujitsu: Information Technology

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Risk to Business: 1.802 = Severe

Data from Japanese tech giant Fujitsu is being sold on the dark web. The type of data available is unclear, but the cybercriminals responsible for the hack claim to have 4GB of company data to offload. In their announcement, the cybercriminals provided samples of the data and claimed they had confidential customer information, company data, budget data, reports and other company documents, including project information.

Individual Impact: No information was available at press time to say if employee, customer or consumer financial details or PII was compromised in this incident

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware is the weapon of choice for both run-of-the-mill cybercriminals and nation-state threat actors. Every business needs to be ready for it.

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Indonesia – electronic Health Alert Card

Exploit: Misconfiguration 

electronic Health Alert Card (eHAC): COVID-19 Test & Trace Platform

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Risk to Business: 1.802 = Severe

A storage snafu has exposed a big pool of personal data from Indonesia’s test and trace tool electronic Health Alert Card (eHAC). Researchers discovered that an unsecured Elasticsearch database was being used to store over 1.4 million records from approximately 1.3 million eHAC users. Both foreigners and Indonesian citizens must download the app, even those traveling domestically within the country and it contains data personal data for travelers including a person’s health status, personal information, contact information, COVID-19 test results and other information.

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Individual Risk: 1.5882 = Severe

The data involved in the leak includes user IDs including passports and national Indonesian ID numbers, COVID-19 test results and data, hospital IDs, addresses, phone numbers, URN ID numbers and URN hospital ID numbers. For Indonesians, their full names, numbers, dates of birth, citizenship, jobs and photos were included in the leaked data. Private information about Indonesian hospitals and government officials who used the app was also exposed.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: A misconfiguration of this scale is embarrassing and demonstrates a slapdash security system that won’t fill users with confidence.

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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 wide range of factors related to the assessed breach.

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Does Your Client Check Off Everything on a Ransomware Gang’s Shopping List? 


Ransomware risk has been steadily climbing for the last two years. It seems like gangs are targeting any kind of business of any size in any industry. That makes it hard for MSPs to determine which of their clients are most at risk to end up in their sights. Wouldn’t it be great to have a cheat sheet that gives you some insight into makes some businesses more appealing to ransomware gangs than others? New details about exactly what cybercriminals are looking for makes that possible right now.  

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Get the Lay of the Land First 

First, it’s important to keep some basic facts about today’s ransomware landscape in mind.  

This frames the picture of why ransomware has become such a superstar. It’s easy for cybercriminals to deploy with a low barrier to entry for cybercrime gangs that are just getting their feet wet. Holiday weekends are a particularly popular time for attacks, as the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Support Agency (CISA) recently noted in an alert. The epic growth in ransomware attacks is affecting organizations around the world, with 49% of victims with known locations in the last three months based in the United States, followed by 7% in France and 4% in Germany.  

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Who is Behind the Crime Wave and What Are They Using to Do It? 

Of course, the big dogs are responsible for most ransomware incidents. In a recently released analysis from NCC Group’s Research Intelligence and Fusion Team (RIFT), researchers noted that 22% of ransomware attacks in their samples taken between April and June 2021 could be attributed to Conti ransomware. Avaddon ransomware was linked to 17% of ransomware events, and the rest could be attributed to a host of smaller operators. Some of the biggest names in the game are also less common attackers that concentrate their might on carefully selected strategic targets, especially gangs with a nation-state bent.  

The favored tool of today’s ransomware practitioner is trendy double extortion ransomware. In this style of attack, cybercriminals extort their victims to pay them twice to avoid damage from one successful attack. There are many variations on the theme. Threat actors may demand a fee for a decryption code to unlock a company’s data, then a separate fee to not have the encrypted data copied by the gang. In another variation, cybercriminals copy or steal the victim’s data and threaten to release it publicly to shame the company or damage its business. They then demand two payments from the victim, one to have the data decrypted or deleted and one to keep the attack quiet. Practitioners of this tactic were responsible for more than 50% of all ransomware attacks in 2020. 

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How Do They Choose Targets? 

New research on exactly who these ransomware gangs are gunning for gives IT professionals a place to start when planning defenses. It shows that threat actors are currently favoring large US firms, but Canadian, Australian, and European targets are also considered. The US was the most popular choice, with almost half of ads looking for access to US companies. Canada (37%), Australia (37%), and European countries (31%) were also contenders. Surprisingly, roughly half of the ransomware operators analyzed were clear about their disinterest in pursuing targets in the government, healthcare or education sectors. Setting revenue thresholds at which a gang is interested in purchasing access to a company is common. A sample ad included revenue qualifications of more than $5 million for US organizations, more than $20 million for European organizations and more than $40 million USD for less developed countries. 

Cybercriminals can make handsome profits selling data in the booming dark web data markets. In fact, industries may find themselves in cybercriminals’ sights because of the high desirability of their data. While organizations in every industry are at risk of data theft through ransomware, these three were a little more at risk in 2020 than the rest.  

Manufacturing 25%  

Professional Services      17%  

Government Entities      13% 

Organizations located in Asia (33%), North America (30%) and Europe (27%) were the hardest hit by ransomware attacks in 2020 and carry the most risk in 2021. 

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What Are They Looking For (and How Much Are They Paying)

Everyone likes making a job easy, even cybercriminals. Ransomware practitioners are looking for a foothold that gives them an easy way to attack. Specifically, a way to burrow into US companies with a minimum revenue of over $100 million. Cybercrime gangs prefer to streamline operations for a ransomware attack by purchasing access, including active or functional employee credentials or the knowledge of a vulnerability in a corporate system. It’s worth noting that they use the term “access” as a catchall to encompass a variety of entry points beyond credentials including SQL injection and web shells to RDP- and VPN- based access. They also have preferred methods of access. Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and Virtual Private Network (VPN)-based access is highly desirable, with access to products developed by companies including Citrix, Palo Alto Networks, VMWare, Cisco, and Fortinet considered ideal.  

Popular dark web forums are the cybercriminal’s version of LinkedIn. Roughly 40% of listings that researchers viewed were created by players in the Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) space. Gangs offered up to $100 000 for initial access services with most actors setting their top price at a little more than half of that, $56,250. In other ads posted to a popular forum, threat actors were looking for targets specifically in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Great Britain with revenue of $100 million or more. For this access, they were willing to pay $3,000 to $100,000 – and that’s enough to tempt employees, especially in difficult economic circumstances. 

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How Can You Protect Your Clients? 

This information can give you a better idea of exactly how much danger many of your clients face from ransomware gangs that are hungry for fresh revenue in an expanding market. Protecting your clients from their depredations is critical, and ID Agent can help. 

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Contact the solutions experts at ID Agent today to learn more about how the ID Agent digital risk protection platform can enable you to secure your business and your customers against ransomware threats.   

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This year we have an amazing lineup of industry experts who are ready to share their hard-won knowledge with you in transformative workshops that will teach you how to build cyber resilience and keep moving forward to a bright future in any conditions. 

Kaseya Security First Workshop Series: In 3 sessions, hone your incident response skills with experts who will walk you through what to do before, during and after a cyberattack occurs – and you’ll walk out of the sessions with a fully-formed incident response strategy. 

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How Attractive is Your Business to Ransomware Gangs?

It seems like every other cybersecurity story that you come across these days is talking about another audacious ransomware attack. Ransomware attacks increased by 288% between Q1 and Q2 2021 across the board. But while it may seem like cybercriminals are just targeting everyone, there’s actually a method to the madness, and knowing a little more about that can help you keep your business safe.

Geography matters. Businesses in the US are the most popular choice for cybercriminals, with almost half of ads measured in a popular dark web cybercrime forum looking for access to US companies. Canada (37%), Australia (37%), and European countries (31%) were also contenders.  To compare, organizations located in Asia (33%), North America (30%) and Europe (27%) were the hardest hit by ransomware attacks in 2020.

Industry is also an important factor in a company’s likelihood of a ransomware attack. Manufacturers, suppliers and business services companies are hot targets. Cybercriminals love a 2 for 2 bargain, like a successful attack on a small company that can give them an access point that enables them to attack a larger, wealthier corporation.

No matter what industry you’re in, making sure that your business is ready to fight back against a ransomware attack is critical to your future success – 60% of companies that fall victim to a cyberattack go out of business within a year.

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Choose a solution like BullPhish ID that offers you a wide variety of content options from customized training materials to plug and play phishing campaign kits to make sure you’re getting exactly what you need, and start training your staff to spot and stop threats in order to effectively protect your business from ransomware and other damaging threats. .

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