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The Week in Breach News: 11/08/23 – 11/14/23

November 15, 2023

This week:  A cyberattack on the world’s largest bank shakes up the financial markets, a cargo of ransomware shuts down Australia’s largest port operator, big MOVEit-related breaches are still popping up and a look ahead at the cybersecurity challenges expected in 2024.

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The State of Maine

Exploit: Hacking

The State of Maine: Regional Government

1.51 – 2.49 = Severe Risk

Risk to Business: 1.627 = Severe

The State of Maine said that it has experienced a MOVEit-related data breach that impacts 1.3 million people. The informational website that Maine created about this incident says that the hack impacted at least ten state agencies, with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Department of Education hit the hardest. The state said a variety of information was exposed including a resident’s name, Social Security number (SSN), date of birth, driver’s license/state identification number and taxpayer identification number. For some individuals, certain types of medical information and health insurance information may be involved. Both a hotline and a dedicated website are available for people who think they may be impacted.  

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Supply chain trouble isn’t just a problem for businesses; government agencies and non-profits also have suppliers

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Washington Department of Transportation

Exploit: Hacking

Washington Department of Transportation: Government Agency

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Risk to Business: 1.741 = Severe

Washington State’s Department of Transportation was hit by a cyberattack that knocked its website, cameras and app offline. Statewide traffic cameras were restored last Thursday morning, but the state’s travel map, mobile app, mountain pass reports, ferry vessel watch video feeds and online freight permits system are still being restored on both the agency’s app and website. The agency said that it is working with law enforcement to investigate the attack.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Cybercriminals have been increasingly attacking infrastructure, opening the door to major problems for everyone.

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Pacific Union College (PUC)

Exploit: Ransomware

Pacific Union College (PUC): Institution for Higher Learning

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Risk to Business: 2.603 = Moderate

Pacific Union College (PUC) in Napa County, California has informed officials that it has suffered a data breach. PUC told the Maine Attorney General’s Office that 56,041 people had data exposed in this April 2023 breach. Cybercriminals made off with a wide variety of data including personnel records, student files and financial data. The Trigonia ransomware group has claimed responsibility.  

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Education has now become the top sector for ransomware attacks.

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Sutter Health

Exploit: Supply Chain Attack

Sutter Health: Healthcare System

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Risk to Business: 1.740 = Severe

California-based healthcare provider Sutter Health has announced that an estimated 840,000 patients may have had information exposed in a data breach at one of its vendors. The vendor, Virgin Pulse, informed Sutter Health that it had been impacted by a MOVEit exploit cyberattack earlier this year. The data was stolen in late May 2023. The healthcare system was quick to reassure patients that Social Security numbers and financial information were not exposed in the breach. 

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Cybercriminals are expected to ramp up their efforts to detect and utilize zero-day exploits next year.

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Ireland – Electric Ireland

Exploit: Malicious Insider

Electric Ireland: Power Company

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Risk to Business: 1.673 = Severe

Electric Ireland is informing its customers that their payment data may have been exposed in a recent insider-related data breach. The company said that an unauthorized worker at one of its call centers gained access to the financial and other details of 8,000 customers of the energy supplier. It cautioned that customers may wish to cancel payment cards that were on file. Electric Ireland is working with officials to resolve the incident. 

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Every company needs to take smart precautions that enable it to detect malicious insiders and limit the damage they can do.

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Australia – DP World

Exploit: Ransomware

DP World: Port Operator

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Risk to Business: 1.332 = Extreme

Australia’s largest port operator was forced to shut down its network following a ransomware attack last week. DP World Australia closed its Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle port operations after detecting the attack Friday, resulting in a backup of cargo and containers stuck on the docks. Those three ports handle about 40% of Australia’s freight. Those ports stayed closed for three days, reopening on Monday, November 8.  

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: This kind of infrastructure hit can quickly become a disaster as shipping containers pile up and shipments of all kinds of goods become delayed.

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China – The Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

Exploit: Ransomware

The Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC): Bank

cybersecurity news gauge indicating extreme risk

Risk to Business: 1.202 = Extreme

The world’s largest bank, The Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), has disclosed that its U.S. unit has experienced a ransomware attack that took down several of its systems The LockBit ransomware group has claimed responsibility. The attack left financial markets scrambling and disrupted the U.S. Treasury market. For a brief time, ICBC was unable to process trades, which at one point led to ICBC owing the Bank of New York $9 billion. Systems have since been brought back online.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: A successful attack on a major player in the finance sector can have an unpleasant wide-ranging ripple effect.

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Singapore – Marina Bay Sands

Exploit: Hacking

Marina Bay Sands: Resort

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Risk to Business: 2.716 = Moderate

Marina Bay Sands, a luxury resort and casino in Singapore, has experienced a data breach that may impact an estimated 665,000 people. The resort disclosed that customer information was compromised in a cyberattack it experienced on October 19 and 20, 2023. Attackers snatched data belonging to patrons including names, phone and mobile numbers, email addresses, country of residence and membership numbers and tiers. The incident remains under investigation. 

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: This attack comes as U.S. officials publish a warning that cybersecurity risk is heightened for casinos.

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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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BullPhish ID brings you 10 updated phishing simulation kits

A wealth of updated phishing simulation kits is ready for your next training campaign with BullPhish ID. Train users to spot and avoid tricky cyberattacks with these plug-and-play phishing simulations, available now in the Phishing Kits section of the portal! See screenshots of them in the Release Notes

Here’s the list:

  • Barclays – Expense Card Options
  • Clio – Important Message
  • Bank of Cyprus – Account Update
  • Binance – Giveaway
  • eBay – Suspicious Activity
  • eBay – Confirm Account Details
  • LinkedIn – Password Reset v2
  • Hulu – ToS Update
  • Human Resources – Leadership Survey
  • Credit Karma – Recent Dispute

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Cybersecurity Crystal Ball: Experts Predict the Biggest Potential Threats of 2024

As we get ready to step into 2024, the digital landscape continues to evolve, bringing with it both unprecedented opportunities and challenges. In the realm of cybersecurity, organizations need to start gearing up to face a new wave of threats. From sophisticated cyber-attacks to emerging technologies with potential vulnerabilities, the year ahead promises to be a dynamic battlefield for cybersecurity professionals. These are the threats that are anticipated to dominate the landscape in 2024. 

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The 7 Biggest Potential Threats of 2024 

These are the seven biggest cybersecurity threats that experts say could impact businesses in 2024. 

Ransomware Evolution 

Ransomware has been a persistent and evolving threat in recent years, and that’s not changing in 2024. In the Google Cloud Cybersecurity Forecast 2024, analysts predict that extortion operations will likely remain “the most impactful form of cybercrime to enterprises and societies worldwide”. Cybercriminals are expected to refine their tactics to maximize their extortion opportunities, incorporating advanced techniques such as AI-driven attacks and decentralized ransomware networks. The potential for attackers to leverage machine learning algorithms to target specific vulnerabilities and enhance the sophistication of their attacks poses a significant challenge for cybersecurity professionals. 

Supply Chain Attacks 

As organizations become increasingly interconnected, supply chain attacks will continue to be an area of focus for cybercriminals. Gartner predicts that by 2025, 45% of organizations worldwide will have experienced attacks on their software supply chains, a three-fold increase from 2021. Experts predict that malicious actors will target software and hardware supply chains to compromise multiple organizations simultaneously. With the potential to infiltrate widely used systems and applications, these attacks can have cascading effects, amplifying the scale and impact of cyber threats.  

AI-Powered Attacks

The biggest story heading into 2024 is the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in cybersecurity on both sides of the coin. AI technology has been a game-changer in building a stronger, more resilient defense. But it has been just as useful for bad actors. Experts warn that cybercriminals will also exploit AI for malicious purposes. The use of AI in generating sophisticated phishing attacks will make it easier for cybercriminals to scale them and make them harder to detect. Generative AI tools like ChatGPT make it easy for cybercriminals to leverage social engineering in their phishing campaigns.  

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More Zero-Day Exploits 

As technology becomes more complex, and software ecosystems continue to expand, the surface area for potential exploits expands as well. Cybersecurity experts anticipate that hackers will leverage advanced techniques and tools to discover and exploit these undisclosed vulnerabilities, posing a considerable challenge for defenders striving to stay one step ahead. Google analysts caution that adversaries are expected to increasingly use zero-day exploits to evade detection and maintain access for longer. Plus, they expect that bad actors will increasingly target edge devices and virtualization software, which are particularly challenging to monitor. 

IoT Challenges 

With Internet of Things (IoT) devices permeating various aspects of daily life, from smart homes and wearable gadgets to industrial sensors and healthcare devices, the attack surface for cyber threats expands exponentially. The more IoT devices communicate with each other, the bigger the risk grows. Security experts are sounding alarms, warning that the rush to embrace IoT technology without adequate safeguards could expose critical vulnerabilities. Forbes named IoT cyberattacks one of its 10 biggest cybersecurity trends that businesses need to prepare for in 2024. 

Regulatory Compliance Challenges 

With the growing emphasis on data privacy and security, regulatory frameworks are evolving globally. Cybersecurity experts predict that organizations will face increasing challenges in maintaining compliance with diverse and stringent regulations set by both regulators and cyber insurers. Navigating the complex landscape of data protection laws and ensuring adherence to regulatory standards will require a proactive and adaptive approach to cybersecurity governance. 

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Cyberattacks on Critical Infrastructure 

As critical infrastructure systems become more interconnected and reliant on digital technologies, the risk of disruptive or damaging cyberattacks on critical infrastructure targets rises. Hackers and nation-state threat actors alike will endanger essential services such as power grids, transportation systems, manufacturers and healthcare facilities. The consequences of successful cyberattacks on infrastructure could be massive and disastrous. The increased use of Smart City technologies, including tools like big data, cloud computing and sensors that power city operations, may create new attack opportunities for bad actors to gain access to or carry out disruptive attacks against local government and critical infrastructure networks. 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned in its Homeland Threat Assessment 2024 report, “Domestic and foreign adversaries likely will continue to threaten the integrity of U.S. critical infrastructure—including the transportation sector—over the next year, in part because they perceive targeting these sectors would have cascading impacts on U.S. industries and the American way of life.”  

Get ready for 2024

As we look ahead to 2024, the cybersecurity landscape continues to be turbulent and challenging. The evolution of cyber threats demands a proactive approach to security for businesses with the goal of increasing cyber resilience. By staying abreast of emerging technologies, fortifying defenses and fostering a culture of cybersecurity awareness in their organization or their client’s business, IT professionals can better equip themselves to tackle the formidable challenges that lie ahead.  

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Find the solutions you need to prepare for 2024’s challenges in Kaseya’s Security Suite

Kaseya’s Security Suite has the tools that IT professionals need to mitigate cyber risk easily and affordably.

BullPhish ID — This effective, automated security awareness training and phishing simulation solution provides critical training that improves compliance, prevents employee mistakes and reduces a company’s risk of being hit by a cyberattack.   

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Kaseya Managed SOC powered by RocketCyber — Our managed cybersecurity detection and response solution is backed by a world-class security operations center that detects malicious and suspicious activity across three critical attack vectors: endpoint, network and cloud.    

Datto EDR — Detect and respond to advanced threats with built-in continuous endpoint monitoring and behavioral analysis to deliver comprehensive endpoint defense (something that many cyber insurance companies require).    

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