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The Week in Breach News: 12/28/22 – 1/03/23

January 04, 2023

This week we’re exploring two interesting twists that have cropped up in recent ransomware attacks, another expensive crypto breach and 7 cybersecurity new year’s resolutions.

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The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA)

Exploit: Ransomware

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA): Municipal Government Agency

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Risk to Business: 2.176 = Severe

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) has been hit by a cyberattack that is impacting its data security. HACLA appeared on the dark web leak site operated by the LockBit ransomware group last week. Reports say that on December 31, 2022, the LockBit ransomware group claimed that it had stolen 15 TB of data. The group also gave HACLA a deadline of January 12, 2023, to pay an undisclosed ransom.  No specifics were available at press time about exactly what types of data were stolen or who that data may have belonged to.  

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: This database could contain many kinds of privileged information and its loss will incur a heavy fine from data protection regulators.

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Avem Health Partners

Exploit: Supply Chain Attack

Avem Health Partners: IT Services Provider

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Risk to Business: 1.201 = Extreme

Avem Health Partners has filed a data breach notification with the Maine’s attorney general’s office. Avem disclosed that patient information stored on servers of one of its vendors was subject to unauthorized access in an external hacking incident in May. Avem says that the breach was at a third-party data center the vendor in question used, 365 Data Centers. Further complicating the situation, that data center is disputing Avem’s version of events. An estimated 271,000 people had information exposed in this incident. Patient information that may have been impacted in this breach includes names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, health insurance information and diagnosis/treatment information.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Supply chain risk is a huge problem for businesses that will only keep growing in 2023.

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Iowa Public Broadcasting Service

Exploit: Ransomware

Iowa Public Broadcasting Service: Television Station

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Risk to Business: 1.821 = Severe

The Royal ransomware group has claimed responsibility for a successful ransomware attack on Iowa’s Public Broadcasting Station (PBS). The incident occurred on November 20, 2022. Iowa PBS said in a statement that the attack did not disrupt its ability to serve its viewers, and that all broadcast, livestream and digital platforms are still operational. However, local news outlets reported that the station had been forced to cut its annual fundraising drive short due to the cyberattack. It also appears that information was snatched by the gang. The station said that it sent out data breach notifications but has not specified who received them or what information was stolen.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Media organizations have been experiencing an increased level of cyberattacks, especially ransomware.

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Jakks Pacific

Exploit: Ransomware

Jakks Pacific: Toymaker

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Risk to Business: 1.981 = Severe

California-based toy company Jakks Pacific has disclosed that it was the victim of a successful ransomware attack. The company said that its servers were encrypted on December 8, 2022. Oddly, two major ransomware groups have posted data purportedly stolen from Jakks Pacific on their sites, Hive and BlackCat. Hive posted information allegedly snatched from Jakks Pacific first on December 19, 2022. BlackCat followed them with a post on December 28, 2022. The gangs featured screenshots of the reportedly stolen information on their individual leak sites. Hive’s spokesperson told reporters that both gangs had purchased access to the data from an initial access broker, and they’d agreed to split the demanded $5 million ransom. The Hive representative also said that Jakks Pacific did not negotiate with the extortionists or pay the demanded ransom.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: The Manufacturing sector has experienced a plague of cyberattacks that are compounding supply chain woes.

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Hospital for Sick Children

Exploit: Ransomware

Hospital for Sick Children: Medical Center

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Risk to Business: 2.843 = Moderate

Operations were snarled at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children after a ransomware attack by the Lockbit group struck the facility on December 18, 2022. However, in the wake of the attack, the Lockbit group announced that it had suspended the attack and given the hospital a decryptor for free because the attack on the hospital, conducted by one of its affiliates, violated the group’s policies. The group also apologized, saying in a statement that “the partner who attacked this hospital violated our rules, is blocked and is no longer in our affiliate program.”

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: This is definitely an unusual situation as ransomware criminals aren’t known for being picky about their targets.

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Canadian Copper Mountain Mining Corporation (CMMC)

Exploit: Ransomware

Canadian Copper Mountain Mining Corporation (CMMC): Mining Company

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Risk to Business: 1.603 = Severe

British Columbia-based Canadian Copper Mountain Mining Corporation (CMMC) was the victim of a ransomware attack. The company was forced to suspend operations at its mill after the December 27, 2022, incident. CMMC was quick to assure the public that the incident did not compromise its safety measures or cause environmental damage. Bleeping Computer reported that a cybersecurity firm discovered compromised credentials belonging to a CMMC employee on a dark web site shortly before the attack.  

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware gangs are especially likely to target businesses that can’t afford downtime in hopes of a fast payoff.

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UK – The Guardian

Exploit: Ransomware

The Guardian: News Organization

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Risk to Business: 1.904 = Severe

Legendary UK newspaper The Guardian has fallen victim to a cyberattack. A spokesperson said that parts of the company’s technology infrastructure were impacted, including unspecified behind-the-scenes services, resulting in a temporary shutdown of the news organization’s offices worldwide. However, digital publishing operations continue normally, and staffers are working from home. No information was available about any ransom demanded or if any data was stolen in the attack.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: News organizations are time-sensitive, making ransomware attacks against them very attractive for bad actors looking for a quick payday.

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Hong Kong – BTC Mining

Exploit: Hacking

BTC Mining: Cryptocurrency Mining

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Risk to Business: 2.103 = Severe

 The biggest cryptocurrency mining pool in the world has suffered a cyberattack that has resulted in an estimated $3 million in losses. The company said in a statement that it had experienced a cyberattack on December 3, 2022. As a result of that attack, some digital assets were stolen, including approximately US$700,000 in asset value owned by’s clients, and approximately US$2.3 million in asset value owned by the company. The company also said that it has subsequently recovered an unspecified amount of company-owned assets. BTC maintains that its client fund services are unaffected and it is operating normally.  

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Cryptocurrency and DeFi platforms have been hammered by cybercrime and need powerful security to steer clear of trouble.

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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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It’s Time to Explore the Benefits of Managed SOC 

Cybersecurity is growing ever more complex and challenging for organizations of every size. With the growing sophistication of cyberattacks, traditional security solutions can be inefficient, making it problematic for them to handle advanced cyberthreats.

In our Managed Security Operations Center (SOC) product brief, we’ll show you the big benefits that businesses and MSPs can realize when they choose Managed SOC like: 

  • 24/7 expert threat monitoring 
  • White-labeled managed detection and response service for MSPs  
  • Detection and monitoring of advanced security threats for three critical attack vectors: endpoint, network and cloud. 

These resources can help you get to know Managed SOC

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  • Explore managed SOC in the webinar “Stop Attackers with Managed SOC” featuring Mike Puglia, General Manager of Security Products for Kaseya. WATCH WEBINAR>>

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These three webinars provide critical information about making sure you’re covering the right security bases.

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Make Smart Cybersecurity New Year’s Resolutions

These 7 Tips Can Help

The new year brings everyone the opportunity for a fresh start. That makes it the perfect time to resolve to improve your cybersecurity practices and for MSPs to help their clients improve theirs too. This list of seven New Year’s resolutions to make about cybersecurity can provide a good starting point for powering up a company’s defenses in 2023. 

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7 Smart Cybersecurity New Year’s Resolutions  

These seven good cybersecurity practices will help mitigate a company’s risk of a cyberattack and strengthen its security culture. 

1. Conduct frequent phishing simulation exercises companywide  

Phishing is the most likely launch point for most of today’s nastiest cyberattacks including ransomware, business email compromise (BEC) and account takeover (ATO). An estimated 90% of cyberattacks start with a phishing email. Make a commitment to conduct regular training to prepare employees for phishing. To make that training even more effective, customize the content in phishing simulations to reflect the actual threats that employees face daily.  

Learn more in a blog post about the benefits of anti-phishing training. READ IT>> 

2. Implement or improve a security awareness training program  

Security awareness training is one of the primary pillars of building a strong defense for a business. It’s affordable and effective. Companies that run regular security awareness training are up to 70% less likely to have a security incident. In order to receive all of the benefits of security awareness training, companies need to make sure that they’re doing two essential things: training regularly and training everyone. Putting a security awareness training policy in place that outlines the company’s training expectations is a good start to making training work. 

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3. Invest in IAM 

Identity and access management (IAM) is essential for every organization. It offers defensive benefits including multifactor authentication (MFA) or two-factor authentication (2FA). This security measure alone can stop up to 99% of cyberattacks according to Microsoft. Plus, the access controls that are commonly available in IAM solutions are fast becoming requirements for compliance in many industries and under many geographic information privacy regulations.  

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4. Evaluate the benefits of a managed SOC 

Cybersecurity is a factor that can make or break a company – 60% of companies that experience a successful cyberattack go out of business thanks to the immense damage a cyberattack can cause. However, getting the security personnel that a company or MSP needs into its IT department can be a challenge because of the massive cybersecurity skills shortage. Plus, investing in all of the tools that a company or MSP needs to adjudicate and handle security problems can be prohibitively expensive. Those dilemmas can be solved by choosing to utilize a managed security operations center. Managed SOC puts the expertise a company or an MSP needs to maximize security and quickly handle emergencies at their fingertips at all times without a major upfront investment or growing the payroll. 

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5. Add dark web monitoring that includes privileged credentials  

The last thing any business needs is an unpleasant surprise from the dark web. However, credential compromise is a serious problem for every business. Employees love to reuse and recycle passwords, including mixing the use of their favorite passwords between their business and personal lives. Dark web monitoring helps businesses and MSPs find compromised credentials in dark web markets, data dumps and other sources. It can also alert techs to trouble fast, giving a company or MSP the advantage to act before cybercriminals do. Look for a dark web monitoring solution that protects with 24/7/365 human and machine-powered monitoring of business and personal credentials, including domains, IP addresses and email addresses. 

This blog dives deeper into the benefits of dark web monitoring. READ THE BLOG>> 

6. Improve email security 

The most likely path for a cyberattack to take into a business is via email. Putting the strongest possible email security in place is a powerful way to protect a company from email-based cyberattacks like spear phishing or many types of malware. Unfortunately, too many companies are still relying on a secure email gateway (SEG) to give them that protection, and a SEG isn’t up to the test when it comes to today’s sophisticated email threats. Explore the benefits of other types of email security like AI-driven solutions that spot and stop 40% more dangerous messages than other types of email security 

This blog offers a comparison chart between a SEG, native email security, and automated API security. READ THE BLOG>>

7. Make or test an incident response plan 

When a cybersecurity emergency occurs, businesses need to be able to act fast to limit the damage and bounce back. Making and testing an incident response plan is critical to ensuring that a company can efficiently and effectively respond to a cybersecurity incident. Even if a company never uses their incident response plan, IBM researchers determined that 39% of organizations with a formal, tested incident response plan experienced an incident, compared to 62% of those who didn’t have a plan. Plus, incident response planning can help organizations find and fix security gaps or weaknesses before the bad guys do. Now is the perfect time for MSPs to sit down with their clients and make a plan and for companies to create or test their incident response plan to ensure that it is ready for trouble.  

Take a look at three bottom-line benefits of incident response planning in this blog. READ THE BLOG>>

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The Right Solutions Make Keeping Business Safe Easier Instead of Harder

 Our security solutions can help keep businesses out of trouble effectively and affordably. 

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BullPhish ID is the ideal security and compliance awareness training solution for companies of any size.  This powerhouse is the channel leader in phishing simulations.   

  • An extensive library of security and compliance training videos in eight languages       
  • Plug-and-play or customizable phishing training campaign kits       
  • New videos arrive 4x per month and new phishing kits are added regularly          

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  • 24/7/365 monitoring using real-time, machine and analyst-validated data            
  • Fast alerts of compromises of business and personal credentials, including domains, IP addresses and email addresses          
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Graphus AI-enabled, automated email security that catches 99.9% of sophisticated phishing threats and offers amazing benefits.       

  • Forget old-fashioned safe sender lists. Graphus analyzes the content of messages using more than 50 points of comparison to suss out fakes fast         
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  • Don’t waste time on fussy configurations or adding threat reports. AI does that for you, getting everything up and running with just a few clicks and minimal maintenance    

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  • Detect malicious and suspicious activity across three critical attack vectors: Endpoint, Network & Cloud  
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  • Discover adversaries that evade traditional cyber defenses such as Firewalls and AV 

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