Data Breach, Cyber Alert Monday 04-15-19

Cyber Alert: Last week, ransomware shuts down a US medical practice, freshmen hack their school’s Wi-Fi to avoid tests and UConn is hit with a $5M data breach lawsuit.

LAST WEEKS CYBER ALERT, HACKS, ATTACKS, BREACHES AND MORE...

BBH: Mental health service provider based in Missouri

Exploit: Unsecured business associate portal

Risk to Small Business: 2.333= Severe: BBH has sent letters to patients notifying them of a breach that occurred in August of last year. Potential attackers would be able to infiltrate a business associate’s portal to access electronic protected health information (ePHI) and compromise sensitive records. The mental health service provider noted that there was no evidence of unauthorized access, but will be providing free identity monitoring, protection, and reporting from agencies including Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Along with the direct costs associated with offering such services to patients, the organization will have to pour funds into reputation management.

Individual Risk: 2.571= Severe: The exposed records included names, addresses, contact information, DOBs, medical history information, driver’s license numbers and SSNs. Given the amount of time that has lapsed, patients are at high risk and should immediately begin monitoring their identity and credit reports.

Customers Impacted: 67,493 patients

How it Could Affect Your Business: As breaches continue to become more commonplace, companies are being held accountable for providing free identity protection for their customers and employees. Such damage can be disabling for small businesses, especially when combined with the costs that come with managing public relation.

Brookside: Medical practice in Battle Creek, Michigan

Exploit: Ransomware attack

Risk to Small Business: 2= Severe: The doctor’s office of Dr. William Scalf and Dr. John Bizon will be forced to close on April 30th after falling victim to a ransomware attack and refusing to pay $6,500 to regain access. Although hackers were unable to compromise their data, all information regarding appointments, patients, and payments was completely erased.

Individual Risk: 2.428= Severe: Sensitive information of individuals was not accessed, only deleted. However, none of the unrecoverable data was salvaged and the office closure will force patients to seek treatment elsewhere, even those with imminent health concerns.

Customers Impacted: Undetermined

How it Could Affect Your Business: This security incident is a perfect example of how devastating a ransomware attack can be for small businesses and their customers. Hackers are capable of wiping out infrastructure and important records, causing business owners to rebuild from the ground-up. As such, company managers must begin assessing cybersecurity threats and working with MSPs to protect themselves from compromises going forward.

Secaucus High School: New Jersey school district

Exploit: Malware

Risk to Small Business: 2.333 =Severe: Two high school freshmen were arrested for disabling their school’s Wi-Fi system to avoid taking tests. The students used a private company to execute the hack, resulting in them being charged with computer criminal activity and conspiracy to commit computer criminal activity. Although the systems are back up and running, it remains to be seen how the students will be disciplined by the school district.

Individual Risk:  2.482= Severe: None.

Customers Impacted: 2

How it Could Affect Your Business: Hacks are being commoditized, with packaged products capable of bringing down systems and stealing information becoming readily available on the Dark Web. Smaller organizations must learn to recognize such trends and protect their members, customers, and staff by investing in security providers that host solutions enabling them to understand the inner workings of online, underground marketplaces.

A Note From Kobargo:

UConn’s $5M data breach lawsuit

The University of Connecticut Health Center has been served a class action lawsuit over a data breach that resulted in the exposure of 326,000 current and former patients. Yoselin Martinez and others are seeking $5M in damages, alleging that the university not only took months to report the breach, but could have done more to prevent it. Martinez claims that her bank account has been defrauded and overdrawn due to the information that was compromised during the breach.

The attack was discovered in December of last year, when an unauthorized party was able to access an employee’s email account and compromise names, DOBs, addresses, medical information, and SSNs. With the public eye scrutinizing organizational efforts to protect their customers and employees, small businesses must catch on early and begin working with MSPs to bolster new cybersecurity initiatives.

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