Data breach, cyber alert Monday 04-08-2019

LAST WEEK, US HEALTHCARE PROVIDER GETS BREACHED 3 TIMES AND THIRD-PARTY RANSOMWARE PARKS CANADIAN AGENCY FOR DAYS.

LAST WEEKS CYBER ALERT, HACKS, ATTACKS, BREACHES AND MORE…
 
Verity Medical Foundation: Healthcare provider based in San Jose, CA.
Exploit: Employee phishing scam.
Risk to Small Business: 2.333 = Severe: VMF recently notified its patients of another security breach it suffered on January 16th of this year, immediately following two similar phishing incidents. A hacker was able to compromise an employee’s Office 365 account for several hours and send phishing emails internally and externally to gather usernames and passwords. Although the organization maintains that there is no evidence of patient information being accessed, they will now face scrutiny by the media and patients, along with being forced to deploy mandatory training for employees.

Individual Risk: 2.571 = Severe: Aside from account usernames and passwords, protected health information including DOBs, patient identification numbers, phone numbers, addresses, health plans, treatments received, SSNs, and even insurance details may have been exposed. While the company believes that it was unlikely that the attacker was after the data, affected patients should enlist in identity monitoring and additional security measures.

Customers Impacted: 14,894 patients
How it Could Affect Your Business: The compounding effects of back-to-back breaches can amount to serious losses for organizations. Even worse, employee phishing attacks are entirely preventable through the implementation of security training and education. If breach occurs, businesses are forced to enroll their employees in such programs anyway, and likely at a higher cost. By then, however, the damage will have already been done.

 Earl Enterprises: Hospitality industry giant that owns Buca Di Beppo, Planet Hollywood, Earl of Sandwich, and other restaurant brands

Exploit: Malware installation on point-of-sale (POS) systems

Risk to Small Business: 2 = Severe: In a press release published last Friday, the company announced that hackers had planted malware on POS systems, affecting over 100 restaurants between May 23, 2018, and March 18, 2019. After noticing a mysteriously large card dump in February, cybersecurity researchers realized that this incident is related to a database that is already available for sale on the Dark Web. In addition to dealing with customer churn and brand degradation, the company will now have to do its best to protect the users whose card information is up for grabs on the Dark Web.

Individual Risk: 2.428 = Severe: Credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, and cardholder names were exposed in the incident and will eventually be sold to the highest bidder on the Dark Web. Anyone who dined at Buca di Beppo, Earl of Sandwich, Planet Hollywood, Chicken Guy!, Mixology, or Tequila Taqueria should consider cancelling their cards, monitoring their financial reports, and changing their passwords.

Customers Impacted: 2.15 million cardholders
How it Could Affect Your Business: In the wake of a breach, understanding how fraudsters plan on using stolen data is crucial to risk mitigation. If Earl Enterprises had worked with security providers capable of monitoring the Dark Web, the company would have been able to identify the threat earlier and act accordingly.

Canadian Internet Registration Authority: Canada’s not-for-proft agency that manages domain registry

Exploit: Ransomware infection to third-party system

Risk to Small Business: 2 = Severe: On March 26th, the CIRA’s parking garage suffered from a ransomware attack, allowing anyone to enter without a security check and park for free. The compromise persisted for two days, resulting in systems being locked with a ransom note displayed by the attackers. Since the parking garage company Precise Link did not have a backup of the files, restoring the systems will come at an incredibly high cost.

Individual Risk: 2.482 = Severe: It is unclear if the hackers gained access to employee data, but the risk for citizens should be little to none.

Customers Impacted: To be determined
How it Could Affect Your Business:Vendors that serve as third-party service providers for large firms should be wary of upcoming attacks. As hackers shift their focus towards the smallest vulnerabilities within an organization, they will certainly consider targeting the third-party companies that manage their data. To avoid future compromises, companies should work with a security solution that employs a Dark Web monitoring tool which can be crucial in determining if stolen information is trading hands between.

Toyota: Japanese car maker
Exploit: IT System breach.

Risk to Small Business: 2.333 = Severe: Toyota announced another data breach last week, making it the second incident within the past few months. After breaching the Australian arm of the company, this time hackers targeted main offices in Japan to access sales information for up to 3.1M customers. The company has yet to determine if details were extracted vs. just accessed but explained that customer financial information was not stored on the compromised servers. Additionally, they are uncertain if the hacks were perpetrated by the same group, yet security experts believe that APT32 cyber criminals are the likely culprits. Furthermore, it is being speculated that the hacker scheme involved leveraging the data gained in the Australian breach to execute the latest attack on the company’s Japan office headquarters.

Individual Risk: 2.571 = Moderate: Details regarding what information was exposed are still being determined, but Toyota customers should watch out for suspicious activities on their personal and payment accounts. Also, looking back to see what information was provided to the car maker can help determine the level of risk that may be involved.

Customers Impacted: 3.1 million users
How it Could Affect Your Business: Just because a company has been hacked before does not mean that it won’t be targeted again. In this case, it is quite possible that the fraudsters intended to extract valuable information from the Australian breach of Toyota in order to access their main offices. To keep systems airtight, companies must reevaluate what data is shared across working groups, departments, and offices, along with emphasizing the importance of adhering to cybersecurity best practices when it comes to their employees.
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DATA BREACH, Cyber Alert Monday 04-01-2019

This week, a Dutch academic publisher is exposed, US sleep companies snooze on payment fraud, UK police face ransomware attack and Uber might be spying on us (again)…

LAST WEEKS HACKS, ATTACKS, BREACHES AND MORE…
Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS): State agency of Oregon.
Exploit: Employee phishing scam.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: Last Thursday, the Oregon DHS announced that it suffered a data breach after nine employees opened phishing emails and exposed their accounts to hackers. As a result, the social security and personal information of an undecided number of citizens could have been exposed. Along with having to inform the affected individuals, the state’s largest agency will be forced to upgrade security efforts and likely conduct cybersecurity training for employees.
Individual Risk: Moderate: The privacy breach could have included first and last names, addresses, DOBs, SSNs, and case numbers related to DHS programs. State residents should monitor their credit reports for possible payment fraud but will remain at risk.
Customers Impacted: To be determined
How it Could Affect Your Business: In the wake of numerous phishing attacks resulting in privacy breaches, organizations storing personal information must take notice and begin protecting individuals. Employee phishing scams are entirely preventable with proper cybersecurity training, which can effectively mitigate the risk of breach. The case and ROI for phishing security solutions becomes intuitive when we consider the potential damages and costs.
MyPillow and Amerisleep: Pillow and mattress companies in the US.
Exploit: Magecart attack on website checkout pages.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: After being targeted as early as 2017, both online retailers faced card skimming attacks. In this scheme, hackers will insert malicious code into website checkout pages and covertly swipe customer payment information. Although MyPillow discovered the first compromise almost immediately, it argued that the second attack did not result in the loss of information. On the other hand, Amerisleep has not responded to comments. Depending on what further investigations reveal, it is possible that the sleep companies will face hefty fines for their delay in responding as well as scrutiny from online shoppers.
Individual Risk:  Severe :As you can imagine, any information provided on a checkout page is up for grabs during a Magecart attack. This could include first and last names, addresses, credit card numbers, and more.
Customers Impacted: To be determined.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Most recent Magecart attacks such as those on British Airways and Newegg were targeted towards larger firms, but now hacking groups are shifting their focus to small businesses. Skimming schemes are especially dangerous since they can be hard to trace, yet able to extract valuable customer information. Once cybercriminals can get their hands on such data, they will move to the Dark Web to make profits or conduct payment fraud.
Canada-Natural Health Services: Largest referral network of medical cannabis users.
Exploit: Breach of medical records.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: Between December 4, 2018, and January 7, 2019, attackers gained access to the electronic medical records (EMR) system containing personal health information. The company was forced to notify its B2B clients, which could result in turnover and a degradation of trust.
Individual Risk: Severe: Exposed information included patient’s personal information, medical diagnoses, and referral data. At the same time, no patient prescriptions, credit card information, or SSNs were involved.
Customers Impacted: To be determined
How it Could Affect Your  Business: Organizations that store large amounts of personal data on behalf of B2B clients should be especially vigilant for cyber-attacks, given the amount of information at stake. In the event of such a breach, a security solution that employs a Dark Web monitoring tool can be crucial in determining if stolen information is trading hands between cybercriminals.
UK Police Federation: Organization that represents 119,000 police officers across England and Wales.
Exploit: Ransomware attack
Risk to Small Business: Severe: A ransomware attack hit computers at the federation’s Surrey headquarters on March 9, encrypting several databases and email systems. This led to a disruption in services, along with the deletion of all backup data. The organization will be forced to rebuild its systems and ensure that data was not compromised.
Individual Risk: Moderate Risk:  Currently there is no indication that data was extracted from their systems, but the attack has severely damaged the organization’s infrastructure.
Customers Impacted: Undisclosed
How it Could Affect Your  Business: The National Crime Agency is investigating the attack, but the police federation believes that it was not targeted specifically and was victim to a larger campaign. As the threat of ransomware continues to evolve, companies must avoid getting caught in the crosshairs by arming themselves with cybersecurity training and protocols.
Health Service Executive (HSE): National health service website.
Exploit: Unauthorized adtech.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: Webpage users are having their data “continuously and invisibly leaked to commercial actors,” including sensitive topics with health-related information. A study of adtech installed on public health service websites found that 73% of HSE landing pages contained ad trackers. Although organizations are not being held responsible for this type of data exposure, consumers are easily spooked. Because of the study and the looming threat of GDPR compliance fines, the HSE is in the process of redesigning its website.
Individual Risk: SevereCookies placed on the website could be used to infer sensitive information about user health information. These companies can build profiles and sell them to third-party marketers, insurers, credit raters, and more. Nevertheless, this news only brings mid-level risk since the companies involved are typically not malicious in nature.
Customers Impacted: To be determined.
How it Could Affect Your Business:  The business of leveraging customer data for precision marketing is coming under scrutiny, especially with the introduction of GDPR in Europe. As the public becomes more aware of how their data is being used, companies must adapt by implementing security solutions to protect their consumers.
Group of Italian Investors: Independent investors.
Exploit: Crypto fraud via social engineering.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: The Italian authorities recently arrested a computer expert who was able to exploit communication channels and false identities from the Dark Web to defraud crypto investors. The hacker posed as a representative of a reputable Swiss investment firm to earn the trust of the victims. Although no individual business faces risk, more crypto-related breaches may result in an eventual downturn in investments.
Individual Risk: Severe: Investors in the crypto market should be wary of such hacks, since crypto transactions are typically untraceable and irreversible. Nevertheless, personal and payment information is not at stake, so the individual risk of future breaches is not impacted.
Customers Impacted: Unknown.
How it Could Affect Your  Business: This incident is proof of how identities on the Dark Web can be leveraged by hackers to conduct payment fraud via social engineering. To stop such exploits from occurring in the first place, companies must protect employees and customers by investing in security solutions that can guard against phishing and privacy-related attacks.
Elsevier: Scholarly paper publisher and analytics company
Exploit: Server misconfiguration.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: Login credentials for users were exposed after the company’s servers were misconfigured, affecting students and teachers at universities across the world. Since it was a human error attack, Elsevier was able to secure the leaky server quickly and is issuing password reset links to users. Like other B2B breaches, such an exposure is certainly bad for business and can result in the loss of clientele.
Individual Risk: Moderate: User email addresses and passwords may have been compromised, which could jeopardize other accounts where the same passwords are used. Those affected should change their passwords across all accounts immediately.
Customers Impacted: To be determined
How it Could Affect Your Business: Organizational data can be leveraged by hackers and put up for sale on the Dark Web or used to conduct payment fraud. With the knowledge that cybercriminals are looking for targets with limited security controls and valuable data, small businesses need to work with security providers to protect themselves and their customers.
Uber: Transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Exploit: Spyware.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: A rogue employee deployed a “secret spyware program” to help Uber get a competitive advantage against local businesses in Australian markets. Dubbed Surfcam, the software was developed in 2015 and scraped driver and vehicle data. The company spokesperson is denying any claims, but this is now the second time Surfcam has been mentioned after similar allegations were made in Singapore.
Individual Risk: Moderate: Although the spyware program is likely using rider data to optimize marketing efforts on behalf of Uber, it can have serious consequences for competitors and consumers in the long run. At the same time, users do not face immediate threat.
Customers Impacted: Unknown
How it Could Affect Your Business: The improper use of data is making headlines across the world, and companies must do everything they can to avoid being involved. The stewardship of personal and payment information should be at utmost importance for small businesses and can be accomplished by partnering with the right security solution.
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Data Breach, Cyber Alert Monday 03-25-2019

Cyber Alert Monday, Data Breach- We are falling prey to the phenomenon of “data breach fatigue.” Indoctrinated with daily news of compromises, we’re beginning to ignore the possibility of future cyber-attacks.

Why data never expires on the Dark Web
In the ongoing slew of mega data breaches, it’s likely that our personal information has been breached and is being auctioned off on the Dark Web. Hackers are not only scooping up more personally identifiable information (PII) than ever before, but also additional information that can be leveraged to conduct damaging fraud. At the same time, we are falling prey to the phenomenon of “data breach fatigue.” Indoctrinated with daily news of compromises, we’re beginning to ignore the possibility of future cyber-attacks.
Simply changing a few passwords is not enough. When a hacker gets his hands on persistent records such as a customer name, SSN, or permanent address, it almost never expires. The only way to survive in this new reality is by protecting employees and customers from identity theft. How can this be accomplished? Investing in identity theft solutions that can detect compromises proactively by monitoring for an organization’s employee and customer data on the Dark Web.

Last week’s Hacks, Attacks, Breaches and More…

Sizmek: American online advertising platform based in Austin

Exploit: User account takeover.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: Security researcher Brian Krebs caught hackers auctioning access to a Sizmek user account on the Dark Web, specifically a Russian-language cybercrime forum. The bidding began at $800 per account. With account access in hand, threat actors are capable of infecting ongoing ad campaigns or siphoning profits from ads in the system. After investigating, Sizmek believes that the account in question was simply a regular user account, without higher level administrator access. Nevertheless, the platform will be forced to upgrade security and deal with a PR nightmare to retain customers and continue to do business.
Individual Risk: Severe: Given that the company connects over 20,000 advertisers with 3,600 agencies across 70 countries, such a compromise could have displaced advertising revenue from clients and passed undetected for quite some time. This type of attack poses a high risk for Sizmek clients and their end-users, who have the most to lose in the event of a breach.
Customers Impacted: To be determined.
How it Could Affect Your Business:  In an ecosystem of evolving B2B2C business models, companies that provide services for business users must acknowledge the possibility and gravity of a cyber-attack. As evidenced by this event, cybercriminals are peddling access to attack vectors that have the potential to cripple businesses on the Dark Web. Partnering with an MSP who can proactively monitor and navigate the inner workings of the Dark Web is crucial to securing small business customers and end users.
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Delaware Guidance Services: Non-profit that offers mental health services for children, youth, and families.

Exploit: Ransomware attack.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: The Delaware-based organization issued letters to 50,000 patients notifying them of a ransomware attack that took place on December 25, 2018. After records were locked by hackers, DGS ended up paying a ransom in exchange for a decryption key to regain access. Although their investigation concluded that no data was compromised, they are offering free credit monitoring and reporting services for one year to those affected.
Individual Risk: Severe: Personal details including names, addresses, DOBs, SSNs, and medical information was impacted. All members have been advised to review financial and credit reports for any suspicious activity.
Customers Impacted:  50,000 patients.
How it Could Affect Your Business: The threat of ransomware is increasing at alarming rates, and small businesses must begin to consider the potential impact of an attack on their systems. In the event of a breach, management is forced to decide whether to pay the ransom or risk losing access to customer records forever. Source

Orchard View School District: A high school district in Muskegon Township, Michigan.

Exploit: Internal data breach.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: Students allegedly hacked the school’s information system, PowerSchool, and altered grades and attendance records. The school has notified parents of the students who may be responsible and is investigating the incident. However, what data was modified and how accessed has yet to be determined.
Individual Risk: Moderate: Depending on whether a ledger of the previous data was stored or removed, other students could be at risk for having their grades modified. Regardless, the possibility of losing such data can be upsetting for students, to say the least.
Customers Impacted: To be determined.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Organizations that store important information must remain vigilant for cyber-attacks, especially originating from within. To protect valuable data from getting in the hands of the wrong people, internal systems must be “fool-proofed” by partnering with the right security provider.
The right security partner can provide a more complete picture of a company’s security posture and potential risk, transforming the weakest links of an organization into its strongest points of protection.  Source.

FILA: UK branch of sportswear brand 

Exploit: Card-stealing Javascript malware.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: Russian security vendor Group-IB discovered that a malware dubbed GMO was installed into the clothing brand’s website for at least the past four months. The attacker responsible was able to secretly collect card data entered by customers through the company’s server, researchers reported. However, the company was unable to remove the card-stealing code from their site until very recently. Along with the threat of fines and lawsuits, the business will certainly face customer churn.
Individual Risk: Severe: Anyone who ordered from the FILA.co.uk website should be contacting their bank and checking their statements. Since the company has yet to issue a statement, it could be months before customers are notified and able to act, potentially putting them at severe risk.
Customers Impacted: An estimated 5,600 cardholders.
How it Could Affect Your Business: As the world of e-commerce grows increasingly competitive, especially in the lens of the apparel industry, businesses should know that such a breach can produce catastrophic consequences. Keeping online shoppers on your website is hard enough as-is, and companies must avoid breaches at all costs to retain trust. In order to do so, it becomes a simple matter of enlisting the help of an IT security provider. Source.
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Data Breach, Cyber Alert Monday 03-18-2019

Cyber Alert Monday, Data Breach-First they scam you, then they hack you.  Lowlife internet criminals are exploiting your fears about the latest airline crashes and using it to phish you. Plus, it’s a bad week to be a U.S. Surgeon or Dun & Bradstreet as a whole.

Scam Of the Week: Airplane Crash Scam Warning.

Be on the lookout for emails in your inbox from “analysts” about the recent Boeing 737 Max airplane crashes, asking you to notify your loved ones about possible other airlines “that will go down soon”. These emails come with infected attachments that might make it through the filters, either at the office or at your house.
Remember to always be alert about email with unknown attachments, and never open an attachment unless you are expecting it from the sender and have confirmed that they have actually sent it to you.
 

Last week’s Hacks, Attacks, Breaches and More…

Columbia Surgical specialists: Surgical facility in Spokane, Washington.

Exploit: Ransomware attack.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: Columbia Surgical Specialists decided to pay almost $15,000 in ransom to unlock files that were encrypted by hackers. After originally discovering the incident on January 9th, the firm hired an outside security firm to mitigate the aftereffects of the attack. Initially, it was believed that 400,000 patients could have been affected, but the number has since then been reduced. Columbia Surgical Specialists explained that their delay in reporting was due to the time needed to analyze information surrounding the breach, and they do not believe that the attackers were able to access patient data.
Individual Risk: Severe: Names, drivers’ license numbers, SSNs, and protected health information was impacted in the ransomware attack. However, the outside security firm believes that it is unlikely that the data was exposed in the incident.
Customers Impacted: To be determined.
How it Could Affect Your Business:  Ransomware is a sticky subject for businesses and can resemble a virtual hostage situation. In the event of an attack, security experts recommend not paying ransoms to hackers, since it incentivizes future exploits and can result in greater demands. To prevent such exploits from occurring in the first place, organizations must partner up with managed security providers.
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Dun & Bradstreet: Business analytics company based in New Jersey.

Exploit: Trojan spam campaign.
Risk to Small Business: Moderate: Emails identified as spam were found attempting to impersonate Dun & Bradstreet’s official website using a lookalike domain. These “complaint” emails contained macros that deliver Trickbot, a damaging trojan that can be leveraged by hackers against banks. However, security researchers were able to uncover the campaign and users have been advised to disable macros from automatically opening in the Word application or open their emails in protected view.
Individual Risk: Moderate: If users avoid opening spam emails and attachments, there is limited risk involved. Nevertheless, if the Trickbot trojan installs itself on a computer containing valuable files, all bets are off.
Customers Impacted: To be determined.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Phishing campaigns are not only growing in sophistication but also their potential impact. Enhancing cybersecurity efforts at your company begins with the first-line of defense: your employees. To protect invaluable assets and customer data, businesses must improve cybersecurity awareness and prepare their workforce for inevitable phishing attacks. Source
 

Grinnell, Oberlin, and Hamilton Colleges: Three private colleges across the US.

Exploit: System breaches and ransom schemes.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: College applicants across Grinnell, Oberlin, and Hamilton are receiving ransom notes from hackers who claim to have access to their files. The only common thread that the three colleges share is a third-party data system known as Slate, which helps track applicant data, but security experts do not believe the company was at fault. Information that was allegedly hacked included personal information, along with notes from admissions officers and acceptance decisions. Although two of the colleges have stated that financial information was encrypted and not exposed, all three will likely face reputational damages and a downtrend in applications.
Individual Risk: Severe: If the hackers are unable to generate profit from the ransom schemes, they will most likely turn to the Dark Web or orchestrate identity theft themselves. Applicants are at high risk unless authorities can pinpoint and mitigate the source of the breach.
Customers Impacted: To be determined.
How it Could Affect Your Business: As the higher education vertical continues to grow more competitive for students, such a breach can be crippling for any institution. News of college applicants being hacked can cause serious concerns for prospective students and even result in turnover amongst current ones. To draw the parallel to small business, having a lead generation system breached can be similarly catastrophic to any company.
The first step to containing such an incident should be to understand whether hackers truly have access to customer data, and whether they are trying to sell it. One way to accomplish this is to proactively monitor the Dark Web for stolen customer data. Source.
 

Rush University Medical Center: Academic medical center in Chicago, IL.

Exploit: Third-party breach.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: After unearthing a massive data breach on January 22nd, the hospital revoked its contract with an IT vendor and launched an investigation. Patients whose data was compromised were notified, but Rush maintains that the data was not misused after the incident. Although the institution has offered one-year identity protection and breach helplines, this is the second security incident that Rush has suffered within the last year, causing patients and caregivers to reconsider their selection in care providers.
Individual Risk: Severe: According to a financial filing by the medical center, compromised data included names, addresses, birthdays, SSNs, health insurance information, and even medical data. Patients should enroll in identity protection immediately and continue to monitor their accounts for fraudulent activity.
Customers Impacted: 45,000
How it Could Affect Your Business: Back-to-back breaches produce adverse effects on customer retention, and this is especially true in healthcare. As patients grow increasingly cyber-vigilant, it is only a matter of time until they will evaluate security when choosing their care providers. By partnering with the right MSPs, businesses can avoid breaches while building rapport with their customers. Source.
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Data Breach, Cyber Alert Monday 03-11-2019

 

Cyber Alert Monday, Data Breach- Why should you care about the latest data breach or ransomware attack? Reality is, you don’t have to. In fact, that’s what cyber-criminals are counting on.

Topps: U.S. Sports trading card and collectible company.

Exploit: Form-jacking attack.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: After initially discovering unauthorized access in December and investigating, the company confirmed that customers who had placed orders from November through January may have been compromised. Payment card details including credit/debit card numbers, card expiration dates, and security codes were breached. This is the second breach suffered by the company in recent years, which may compound customer churn and security costs.
Individual Risk: Severe: Personal information such as customer names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses were also exposed during the attack. Users are being asked to review their payment card statements and stay alert for possible identity theft.
Customers Impacted: To be determined.
How it Could Affect Your Business:  Form-jacking attacks are being deployed by hackers at an unprecedented rate, with a targeted focus towards online retailers. Once customer data is skimmed from an e-commerce site using malicious code, it can be sold on the Dark Web for profit or used to carry out various forms of cyber fraud. Even worse, such attacks can go unnoticed for long periods of time, causing more damage to both companies and their customers. Source
 

St. Francis Physician Services: Health system based in South Carolina.

Exploit: Unauthorized access of electronic health record system.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: On January 4th, it was discovered that an unauthorized individual gained access to systems of Milestone Family Medicine, a medical practice in Greenville. The SFPS health system previously employed the physicians that worked at Milestone Family Medicine, leading the larger organization to launch an investigation. While there is currently no indication of information misuse, letters have been sent to patients alerting them of the breach.
Individual Risk: Severe: On January 4th, it was discovered that an unauthorized individual gained access to systems of Milestone Family Medicine, a medical practice in Greenville. The SFPS health system previously employed the physicians that worked at Milestone Family Medicine, leading the larger organization to launch an investigation. While there is currently no indication of information misuse, letters have been sent to patients alerting them of the breach.
Customers Impacted: To be determined.
How it Could Affect Your Business:  In this scenario, SFPS was obligated to disclose the data breach even though Milestone Family Medicine was no longer a part of its network. Small businesses should be educated on data breach notification requirements that are becoming increasingly stringent. To avoid similar situations from arising, companies must shield themselves from third-party or employee-related breaches. Source
 

Samsung Canada: Canadian arm of the Samsung Electronics company

Exploit: Third-party employee breach.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: On November 29th, 2018, an intruder gained account credentials for a Glentel employee and was able to view personal details of shoppers on the Samsung Canada online store. Glentel is the independent wireless retailer that operates the Samsung website, and was able to address the vulnerability within the same day. The company was forced to disclose the breach to its customers but has offered assurances that no financial information was exposed.
Individual Risk: Severe: Names, addresses, emails, phone numbers, and product purchase details were compromised. However, only customers that were making purchases during the time of exposure would have been affected.
Customers Impacted: To be determined.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Disguising or diminishing the consequences of a data breach can be detrimental for any organization. A customer openly spoke out against the data breach notification on Twitter, sarcastically noting that “only my address, phone number, email was accessed… Thanks, Samsung Canada”. In the event of a breach, it is important to communicate effectively with customers in order to restore trust and get back to business. Source.
 

NWT Department of Health and Social Services: Health department for the Northwest Territories of Canada

Exploit: Theft of government employee laptop.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: On May 9th, 2018, an intruder broke into a car and stole a government employee’s laptop, resulting in a severe privacy breach. It is estimated that the device contained information on up to 40,000 Canadian citizens, and included sensitive health information. Officials are citing inadequate privacy training as the core issue since managers are instructed to delete sensitive data immediately after using them. The department will now be required to conduct a list of privacy initiatives by 2020, resulting in expensive investments measured in time and money.
Individual Risk: Severe: Although less than half of those affected were only identified by health card numbers, the remaining 53% could be at risk since their names, dates of birth, health card numbers, and diagnoses were stored on the exposed laptop. Such sensitive data can be sold on the Dark Web to the highest bidder or leveraged for harmful identity theft.
Customers Impacted: 40,000 Canadian residents.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Employees are identified as agents, or extensions, of the company they work for. When news breaks that an employee is responsible for a data compromise, the entire organization is put under a microscope. Businesses must ensure that their workforce acts as custodians of customer data, and this can be accomplished through privacy training and proper vetting. Source.
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