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The Week in Breach News: 10/12/22 – 10/18/22

October 19, 2022

Nation-state threat actors hit the Mormon Church, trouble for NHS IT services provider Advanced, a look at the new October Powered Services Pro Campaign and 3 key insights from the GetApp 2022 Ransomware Impacts Survey.   

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Indianapolis Housing Agency

Exploit: Hacking

Indianapolis Housing Agency: Municipal Housing Authority

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Risk to Business: 1.743 = Severe

A cyberattack has caused the shutdown of the internal information and email system of the Indianapolis Housing Agency (IHA). The outage began last Monday. Hackers may have accessed the personal information of approximately 25,000 Indianapolis residents served by IHA. Data from vendors and employees as well as the details of financial transactions shared with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) may also have been exposed. IHA admitted that it discovered the intrusion on October 3, but had not informed residents or issued a public statement until after local news broke the story on October 6. but did not issue a public statement until October 6. The incident is under investigation.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Government agencies are appealing targets for information-hungry cybercriminals thanks to historically poor security.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Exploit: Nation-State Hacking

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Religious Organization

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Risk to Business: 1.604 = Severe

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, colloquially known as the LDS Church or Mormon Church, disclosed that it had suffered a data breach in March 2022 that officials believe was the result of a nation-state cyberattack. This breach involved the exposure of sensitive personal information of Church members, employees, contractors and other people the church kept records about. The breach did not include banking information or donation history. The church said that breach occurred on March 23, 2022, but that they’d not released any information about it at the request of federal investigators.

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Individual Risk: 1.723 = Severe

Data stolen in this incident included personal information that church members or employees provided to the church, including basic contact information such as a person’s username in the system, membership record number, full name, gender, email address, birth date, mailing address, phone number and preferred language. 

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: This is a goldmine of personal data that will enable cybercrime like phishing and identity theft for years to come.

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VisionWeb Holdings, LLC

Exploit: Hacking

VisionWeb Holdings, LLC: Software Company

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Risk to Business: 2.107 = Severe

VisionWeb Holdings, LLC, a maker of software used in ophthalmology and eye care clinics, has disclosed that it has had a data breach. In a filing with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights and the Texas Attorney General, the company said that bad actors were able to access protected health information through a compromised employee email account. The data breach has impacted the confidential information of 35,900 individuals, who have been informed by letter.  

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Individual Risk: 2.261 = Severe

The breached information varies depending on the individual, it may include your name, Social Security number, government-issued identification number (such as driver’s license or state ID number), medical information and health insurance information. 

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Every business in the healthcare industry needs to be security conscious to avoid punishing fines from regulators.

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UK – Advanced

Exploit: Ransomware

Advanced: IT Services Provider

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Risk to Business: 1.624 = Severe

UK National Health Service (NHS) IT services provider Advanced announced that it had experienced a data breach stemming from a ransomware attack. LockBit 2.0 ransomware was at the root of the attack. The company initially experienced the ransomware incident on August 4 following widespread disruption to NHS services across the UK in a cyber incident. The Advanced attack took down a number of NHS services ices, including its Adastra patient management system and Carenotes, a system used by mental health trusts for patient information. The company revealed that it had determined that hackers gained access to its systems on August 2 using compromised third-party credentials to establish a remote desktop session to the company’s Staffplan Citrix server. After gaining entry, the attacker moved laterally and escalated privileges, enabling them to conduct reconnaissance and ultimately resulting in the deployment of encryption malware. The company says that it has no evidence that data was exposed or stolen.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Service providers are an attractive candidate for ransomware because the bad guys know that those businesses can’t afford downtime.

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India – Tata Power

Exploit: Hacking

Tata Power: Utility Company 

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Risk to Business: 2.363 = Severe

Tata Power, a leading power generation company in India, has confirmed that it was hit by a successful cyberattack that impacted some of its IT systems last Friday. The company was quick to reassure customers and investors that its critical systems were unaffected. In a filing with stock exchanges, Tata Power says that it has taken steps to retrieve and restore the systems. The company also said that it has restricted access and put in place preventive checks for employee and customer-facing portals and touchpoints. No further information was available at press time.  

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Infrastructure is in danger – Bad actors conducted successful cyberattacks against 14 of 16 critical infrastructure sectors in the US in 2021.

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Australia – Medibank Private

Exploit: Ransomware

Medibank Private: Health Insurer

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Risk to Business: 1.731 = Severe

Australia’s largest private health insurer Medibank Private has confirmed that it fell victim to a ransomware attack last week. The health insurer said that the cause of the attack was compromised credentials. Bad actors used those credentials to access Medibank’s systems on Wednesday and deploy ransomware. The company says that its investigation has determined that no customer data was accessed or stolen. Medibank temporarily closed some systems while the activity was investigated but resumed normal business last Friday.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware attacks on healthcare-related sect targets have been a constantly growing problem since 2020.

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Australia – MyDeal

Exploit: Credential Compromise

MyDeal: Online Retailer

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Risk to Business: 1.816 = Severe

MyDeal, an online shopping site operated by Woolworths Group, has disclosed that it has experienced a data breach as a result of a successful cyberattack. The company points to a compromised credential that gave the hackers access to its customer relationship management system as the cause of the incident. Approximately 2.2 million customers were affected, and those customers were sent emails informing them of the incident.  

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Individual Risk: 1.837 = Severe

Compromised data for MyDeal users may include email addresses, phone numbers, delivery addresses and dates of birth. The company stated that 1.2 million customers involved in the breach had only had their email addresses exposed.  

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Online retailers are excellent sources of data for enterprising cybercriminals.

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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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October’s Powered Services Pro Campaign is Cybersecurity Awareness 

We’re celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October with an awesome Powered Services Pro campaign centered on cybersecurity awareness. This campaign is packed with resources that will help you pique your clients’ interest in starting or upgrading their security training program. Get everything you need to juice up your security training sales! 

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It’s Time for a Cybersecurity Awareness Month Checkup

This is the perfect time to review the security measures that keep your clients safe to make sure that all of the bases are covered.
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3 Key Insights About the Impact of Ransomware

See the damage today’s scariest cyber threat does

This is the month for thrills and chills. It’s also Cybersecurity Awareness Month. So, what is the scariest cyberattack that your clients face? The one that keeps them (and you) up at night? Ransomware was likely the first thing that came to mind. For good reason too. In a recent survey, 91% of the organizations polled said that the cyber threat that they fear the most is ransomware. Your clients need your help to assuage that fear and keep their systems and data (as well as their bottom lines) far away from ransomware trouble. The GetApp 2022 Ransomware Impacts Survey offers a look inside the experiences and consequences for organizations that have had to deal with a ransomware disaster. These three key takeaways can help you educate your clients about the danger that they’re facing and the need to put strong protection against ransomware attacks in place immediately.  

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3 Key Insights About the Impact of Ransomware 

These important points offer a look into the struggles of organizations that have fallen victim to a successful ransomware attack.  

Today’s ransomware attacks aren’t a one-size-fits-all proposition 

A ransomware attack seems like it would go down the same way every time, but that’s far from the truth. Ransomware attacks have many variations. Cybercriminal groups choose combinations of threats and tools to use against companies in a ransomware attack that they think will be effective based on many factors like the purpose of the attack, the group’s operating style, available avenues of attack and myriad other considerations. Of course, one of the most influential factors in the bad guys’ plans is figuring out which approach has a high chance of success for them. That’s a big reason why many of the victimized companies in this survey faced a multifaceted attack. Three in five (60%) victim companies suffered a multifaceted extortion attack.  

In a typical multifaceted extortion attack, the victim’s files are encrypted, and a separate attack is launched simultaneously, usually in the form of data theft and/or a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. About two-thirds (64%) of the multifaceted extortion victims surveyed said that their experience included a combination of a ransomware attack and a DDoS attack. Data theft was also a common scenario in a multifaceted extortion attack, impacting just over one-half (51%) of respondents. About one-quarter (23%) of victimized organizations faced a triple extortion event. That nasty variation includes a ransomware attack, a DDoS attack and data theft.  

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Paying the ransom doesn’t mean avoiding a massive financial hit 

Of course, the bad guys’ goal in mounting a multifaceted extortion attack is the same as it is for any ransomware attack: getting paid fast. One advantage that they enjoy with this type of attack is that they gain leverage to ratchet up the pressure on organizations. That pressure often forces companies into ransom negotiations and frequently results in payment of the extortionists’ demands. It’s a very successful approach, making it very appealing to cybercriminals. More than half of companies that fall victim to a multifaceted extortion scheme pay the ransom, whereas only an estimated one-third of standard ransomware attack victims pay up.    

Any company that falls victim to a ransomware attack can look forward to shelling out a big chunk of change whether they intend to pay the ransom or not. In this survey, just under half of the respondents said that they’d chosen to pay the bad actors’ extortion demands. Those companies took a serious financial hit, reporting impacts of more than $50,000. Although it is the practice that experts recommend, refusing to pay doesn’t make dealing with a ransomware attack much cheaper. An estimated one in three (34%) companies that did not pay a ransom still said that their total costs were above $50,000 and nearly one in 10 (9%) incurred impacts totaling more than a quarter million dollars. 

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A successful ransomware attack results in a cascade of losses 

But extortion payments aren’t the whole story of loss for companies that endure a successful ransomware attack. More than one-third (37%) of survey respondents felt that productivity losses were the single most consequential impact of a ransomware attack. This is a key pressure point for the bad guys. Among companies that paid the ransom, seven in ten (70%) said the ransomware attack had been a major blow to the company’s productivity, compared to only 40% of companies that did not pay the ransom. 

The next highest impact results of a ransomware attack were data recovery efforts, cited by just over half (51%) of respondents, and reputational harm, a major problem for four in ten companies (43%). The reality is that even when a company comes out on the other side of a ransomware attack, it will have suffered harm that’s not as easily repaired as lost data. An estimated 80% of companies that dealt with a ransomware disaster lost revenue due to circumstances created by the attack. Even worse, more than half of the survey respondents (62%) said that they’d lost clients as a result of the incident, with more than one-third reporting that they’d lost multiple clients. Consequences like these put a damper on a company’s ability to bounce back from, or even just survive a successful ransomware attack.  

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