The Week In Breach

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Trends in data found on the Dark Web this week:

  • Total Compromises: 24,968
  • Top Source Hits: ID Theft Forum
  • Top PIIs compromised: Domains
    • Clear Text Passwords (24,884)
  • Top Company Size: 11-50
  • Top Industry: Construction and Engineering

Canada – Altima Telecom
https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/01/altima-telecom-server-flaw-customer-data-exposed/
Exploit: SQL injection attack.
Altima Telecom: Serving Montreal and Toronto, Altima Telecom is one of the largest independent Canadian internet service providers.
Risk to Small Business: 1.555 = Severe: As the risk score shows, this is a severe breach that could deal major damage to any organization. Payment info exposure is a particularly significant deterrent for customers looking to do business.
Individual Risk: 2.142 = Severe: Those affected by this breach are at an increased risk for identity theft and spam.
Customers Impacted: All of Altima Telecom’s customers.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Not only was all the organization’s customer data exposed by this breach, but the affected data was highly sensitive. This would sever trust between the customer and the organization, which could take a significant time to rebuild.
ID Agent to the Rescue: Spotlight ID™ by ID Agent offers comprehensive identity monitoring that can help minimize the fallout from a breach such as this. Learn more: https://www.idagent.com/identity-monitoring-programs
Risk Levels:
1 – 1.5 = Extreme Risk
1.51 – 2.49 = Severe Risk
2.5 – 3 = Moderate Risk
*The risk score is calculated using a formula that considers a wide range of factors related to the assessed breach.

United States – Apollo
https://cyware.com/news/hackers-hit-apollo-stealing-database-containing-200-million-contact-records-d9c87501
https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/01/apollo-contacts-data-breach/
Exploit: Unclear at this time.
Apollo: New York-based sales engagement startup.
Risk to Small Business: 2 = Severe: This could deal a significant blow to an organization’s ability to retain customers.
Individual Risk: 2.428 = Severe: The customers affected by this breach will be at a higher risk for spam due to the nature of the data accessed.
Customers Impacted: 200 million.
How it Could Affect Your Business: A breach that exposes such a large number of customers will garner media attention and erode customer trust significantly.
ID Agent to the Rescue: Spotlight ID by ID Agent offers comprehensive identity monitoring that can help minimize the fallout from a breach such as this. Learn more: https://www.idagent.com/identity-monitoring-programs
Risk Levels:
1 – 1.5 = Extreme Risk
1.51 – 2.49 = Severe Risk
2.5 – 3 = Moderate Risk
*The risk score is calculated using a formula that considers a wide range of factors related to the assessed breach.


In Other News:
The Chinese Chip
China was able to infiltrate US companies and governmental agencies with a simple but effective supply chain attack. The attack was discovered after Amazon had a third party examine the hardware of the servers they purchased from another American company that manufactures their servers in China. The company discovered a microchip on the servers that allow for attackers to make stealth doorways on their network. Hardware attacks are rarer and more difficult to execute than software attacks, but with China making 90% of the world’s PCs, they are in a good position to continue using hardware to infiltrate organizations across the world.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies

Podcasts:
Know Tech Talks – Hosted by Barb Paluszkiewicz
The Continuum Podcast
Security Now – Hosted by Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte
Defensive Security Podcast – Hosted by Jerry Bell (@maliciouslink) and Andrew Kalat (@lerg)
Small Business, Big Marketing – Australia’s #1 Marketing Show


Planning your next vacation may have just gotten weird… 

Where should I go? This is a normal question one thinks about when planning a trip. Should I go to white sandy beaches or breathtaking mountains?
When should I go? Do I visit family during the holidays, or do I plan a summer getaway?
Who should I be? This question is asked much less, but maybe more than you think. A recent study has uncovered startling secrets surrounding the passport market on the Dark Web!

  • The average cost of a passport scan on the Dark Web is $14.71.
  • Australian passport scans are the most common, but the average cost is the most expensive at $61.27.
  • The average price of a real physical passport is $13,567, while a counterfeit physical passport is just under $1,500 ($1,478).

The Dark Web is a place where black markets and illicit activity reign. In the depths of the Dark Web, identities are traded regularly and for a low price, so why leave the unknown unchecked? With Spotlight ID, know that your identity is safe even from the darkest corners of the Dark Web.
https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/passports-on-the-dark-web-how-much-is-yours-worth/

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This Week in Breach September 18 2018

This week an Australian Mint was breached, as well as an airline from the UK. While searching for user credentials on the Dark Web, our team collects statistics on a wide variety of variables related to the data we unearth. The trends we see have been kept in house…until now. Introducing the newest addition to This Week in Breach:

Trends in data found on the Dark Web this week:

  • Top Source Hits: ID Theft Forums (8,534)
  • Top PIIs Compromised: Clear Text Passwords (8,460)

Australia – The Perth Mint
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-08/perth-mint-data-breach/10217258
Exploit: Under investigation.
The Perth Mint: The Online Depository of The Perth Mint that was breached allows users to buy and sell precious metals.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: A breach with sensitive data such as account information can deal a significant blow to customer trust.
Individual Risk: Severe: The victims of this breach are at risk of identity theft.
Customers Impacted: 13.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: The Mint was breached via a third – party provider. The breach was contained to customers of their online depository, and the organization has confirmed that all investments held at the mint are secure.

ID Agent to the Rescue: Spotlight ID by ID Agent offers comprehensive identity monitoring that can help minimize the fallout from a breach such as this. Learn more: https://www.idagent.com/identity-monitoring-programs

Average: 2.22 = Severe*
Risk Levels:
1 – Extreme Risk
2 – Severe Risk
3 – Moderate Risk

*The risk score is calculated using a formula that takes into account a wide range of factors related to the assessed breach.

United Kingdom – British Airways
https://www.wired.com/story/british-airways-hack-details/
Exploit: cross-site scripting.
British Airways: A UK based airline.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: This was a targeted breach by a group that is linked to the Ticketmaster breach, the extent and type of data accessed could erode customer trust
Individual Risk: Severe: Those affected by this breach have a much higher risk of identity theft.
Customers Impacted: 380,000 payment cards.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: This was a targeted breach by a group that is linked to the Ticketmaster breach, dubbed ‘Magecart’ by researchers that is known for credit card skimming on the web. The attack was tailored specifically to British Airways infrastructure and shows a level of sophistication to the attack group and leads researchers to believe the group is increasing their efforts.

ID Agent to the Rescue: Spotlight ID by ID Agent offers comprehensive identity monitoring that is vital for those affected by a breach such as this. Learn more: https://www.idagent.com/identity-monitoring-programs

Average: 2 = Severe*
Risk Levels:
1 – Extreme Risk
2 – Severe Risk
3 – Moderate Risk

*The risk score is calculated using a formula that takes into account a wide range of factors related to the assessed breach.


In Other News:
Bluetooth Bite  Millions of mobile devices  are vulnerable to Bluetooth exploits, with a almost half of the devices being Android phones running older versions of the operating system. This vulnerability can be used to facilitate  ‘Airborne’ attacks, which allow Bluetooth devices to broadcasts malware to other devices in close proximity. This is significant because BlueBorne, a malware exploiting this vulnerability, does not need to pair with a device to infect it… in fact the target device does not even need to be in discoverable mode.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/2-billion-bluetooth-devices-remain-exposed-to-airborne-attack-vulnerabilities/d/d-id/1332815

Search and Destroy
Researchers have noticed an increased presence of malware that assesses the target device before delivering the full payload. This is useful for the attacker because they can now target specific computers. . Customizing the payload delivered by the malware can lead to some very tailored and hard-to-detect exploits. As of now these ‘scouting’ tactics are far from the standard, but it is likely we will continue to see these methods increase in popularity.

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/news/uptick-in-malware-designed-to-size-up-targets-before-launching-full-payload/

Podcasts:

Know Tech Talks – Hosted by Barb Paluszkiewicz
The Continuum Podcast
Security Now – Hosted by Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte
Defensive Security Podcast – Hosted by Jerry Bell (@maliciouslink) and Andrew Kalat (@lerg)
Small Business, Big Marketing – Australia’s #1 Marketing Show


 

Your Best Bet Is to Vet.
Two thirds of organizations sampled across sectors experienced a software supply chain attack in the last 12 months (Crowdstrike).  The increase in supply chain attacks can be linked to many things, but one of the most significant factors is the fact that cyber security is becoming a priority for organizations across the board. This pushes bad actors to try and find new ways to infiltrate their target.

These attacks often utilize compromised credentials and are widespread, attacking an organization with legitimate software packages to make the attack difficult to detect. One way that businesses can prevent supply chain attacks is better supplier vetting. If an organization can effectively vet their suppliers and hold them to the same cybersecurity standards that they hold themselves, then the chance of an attacker being able to infiltrate the network is significantly reduced. With the right tools and knowledge, supply chain attacks can be made less dangerous or avoided entirely.

https://www.darkreading.com/risk/the-increasingly-vulnerable-software-supply-chain/a/d-id/1332756

 

 

The Week In Breach September 12 2018

The Week In Breach September 12

 

It’s been one bad week for “Spyware” app developers as their customers’ data is leaked for all to see!  It’s not just misconfigured AWS buckets you have to worry about, it’s your misconfigured Tor site that’s not so secure.

Highlights from The Week in Breach:

Tor Vulnerability?
Freedom of Information Act Fail.
iSpy, uSpy… mSpy.

In Other News:

The Mask Comes Off
You may be familiar with misconfigured databases, a common reason for a breach. When setting up a database, the Admin may forget to put a password in place or just create a simple one like 1234. But what you may not have heard of before is a Tor (The Onion Router) site that is misconfigured. That’s right, just like any other website, Tor sites that are misconfigured can expose the hosted public IP address. Because a Tor browser is used for accessing the Dark Web, a part of the web that thrives on anonymity, the exposure of one’s IP address greatly reduces this coveted privacy.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/public-ip-addresses-of-tor-sites-exposed-via-ssl-certificates/

Three is a Crowd
A pair of Russian hackers is causing some serious damage to former Soviet Republic countries’ financial institutions. The group, known as Silence, has stolen $800,000 in just the thefts reported. It is highly likely the group is responsible for other attacks, but because of how new the duo is, and the irregular frequency of their activity, it’s difficult to discern other hacks they may have perpetrated. The organization has access to unique, advanced malware, and demonstrates great knowledge about ATMs and the inner workings of banks. This leads researchers to believe that at least one of the two is an insider or only recently left the security industry.
https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/silence-group-quietly-emerges-as-new-threat-to-banks/d/d-id/1332742

Podcasts:

Know Tech Talks – Hosted by Barb Paluszkiewicz
The Continuum Podcast
Security Now – Hosted by Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte
Defensive Security Podcast – Hosted by Jerry Bell (@maliciouslink) and Andrew Kalat (@lerg)
Small Business, Big Marketing – Australia’s #1 Marketing Show!


United States – United States Government (Freedom of Information Act Web Portal)

Exploit: Exposed database.
Risk to Small Business: HighAn exposure such as this can taint an organization’s reputation for an extended period.
Individual Risk: Extreme: The nature of the data exposed leaves those affected vulnerable to identity theft.
Freedom of Information Act Web Portal: foiaonline.gov is the website the United States government uses to process inquiries related to the Freedom of Information Act, an act that allows Americans to request information that the state has associated with them.
Date Occurred/Discovered: August 2018
Date Disclosed: September 4, 2018
Data Compromised:

  • Social Security Numbers
  • Date of birth
  • Immigrant identification number
  • Addresses
  • Contact details
  • Description of crime perpetrated against victim
  • Victims of identity theft had their SSN exposed

Customers Impacted: Unclear, dozens to hundreds.
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/03/politics/foia-revealed-social-security-numbers/index.html

United States – Family Orbit
Exploit: Weak password on database.
Risk to Small Business: HighA company that sells spyware to parents, exposed pictures of their kids on the internet, which will likely have catastrophic effects on their business.
Individual Risk: Moderate: The data by itself is not harmful but is pretty creepy. However, in use with other data accessible through the Dark Web, advanced spear phishing campaigns could be launched using the exposed data.
Family Orbit: A spyware application for parents to monitor their children.
Date Occurred/Discovered: August 2018
Date Disclosed: September 4, 2018
Data Compromised:

  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Screenshots of developer desktops
    • Passwords
    • ‘other secrets’

Customers Impacted: Hundreds, 281 gigabytes of pictures and videos were exposed.
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ywk8gy/spyware-family-orbit-children-photos-data-breach

https://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/75888/data-breach/family-orbit-hacked.html

United Kingdom – mSpy
Exploit: Exposed database.
Risk to Small Business: High: While a breach of this size with such sensitive information would normally cripple a company, this is actually mSpy’s sophomore breach, with the first happening in 2015 when similar information was leaked onto the Dark Web.
Individual Risk: High: The data that was exposed was both financial and very personal, and could be used for highly-targeted phishing attacks.
mSpy: A company that sells a software as a service product which spies on mobile devices of the customer’s kids or partner.
Date Occurred/Discovered: August 30, 2018
Date Disclosed: September 4, 2018
Data Compromised:

  • Passwords
  • Call logs
  • Text messages
  • Contacts
  • Notes
  • Location data
  • Names
  • Email addresses
  • Mailing addresses
  • Amount paid
  • Apple iCloud username
  • Whatsapp messages
  • Facebook messages

Customers Impacted: Millions.
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/09/for-2nd-time-in-3-years-mobile-spyware-maker-mspy-leaks-millions-of-sensitive-records/


Malwhat?
The Fortinet Q2 Threat Landscape Report is out, and with it, a load of new statistics that really show how at-risk most businesses are, even if they don’t realize it. Here are some of the most alarming malware statistics: 

  • There have been 23,945 unique variants of malware recorded this quarter.
  • On average there are 13 unique daily detections per firm.
  • There were 6 variants of malware that spread to more than 10% of firms.

Malware development is not slowing down, but it is changing. ‘Malware as a service’ is a popular model for the developers of the malicious programs. New types of malware such as ‘cryptojackers’ that mine cryptocurrency on the victim’s computer, or ransomware that extorts businesses, have become commonplace. The threat landscape is always changing, which is why it is important for every organization of every shape and size to have robust cyber security.
https://www.fortinet.com/blog/threat-research/threat-landscape-report–virtually-no-firm-is-immune-from-severe.html

The Week In Breach: August 22 to August 29 2018

A slow, but troubling week to say the least!  Phishing and compromised databases still rule the day. This Week in Breach highlights incidents involving a New York-based gaming developer, medical data held by a University, and the disclosure of sensitive data held by a popular babysitter application.

Is Breaking Bad?
A German company by the name of Breaking Security has been up in arms about the use of their legitimate software named Remcos (Remote Control and Surveillance). Remcos is used for managing Windows systems remotely and is increasingly being used by hackers for malicious attacks known as Remote Access Trojan (RAT). The question is, however… are they telling the truth? Researchers have uncovered that the product sold by the company is widely advertised on Dark Web hacking forums and it seems that not only does the organization know that this is happening, they are encouraging it. Breaking Security has strongly stated that any license linked to malicious hacking campaigns are revoked, yet still, many hacking campaigns continue to use the service.
https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/attackers-using-legitimate-remote-admin-tool-in-multiple-threat-campaigns/d/d-id/1332631

Not So Private Messages
In May, the popular live streaming service, Twitch, exposed user’s private messages because of a bug in their code. The Amazon subsidiary disabled the service, which allowed users to download an archive of past messages. When a user requested this archive, the game streaming company accidentally intertwined messages from other users. Twitch has come out and said that this only affected a limited number of users and has provided a link for customers to visit so they can find out if any of their messages were exposed and what the messages were.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/twitch-glitch-exposed-some-users-private-messages/

Podcasts:
Know Tech Talks – Hosted by Barb Paluszkiewicz
IT Provider Network – The Podcast for Growing IT Service
The Continuum Podcast
Security Now – Hosted by Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte
Small Business, Big Marketing – Australia’s #1 Marketing Show!


United States – Augusta University
Exploit: Email compromise by phishing attacks.
Risk to Small Business: High: This is a significant breach in scale and severity, and due to the sensitive nature of the data compromised the organization will likely face heavy fines.
Individual Risk: Extreme: Individuals affected by this breach are at high risk for identity theft, as well as their medical information being sold on the Dark Web.
Augusta University: Georgia based healthcare network.
Date Occurred/Discovered: September 10, 2017 – July 11, 2018
Date Disclosed: August 20, 2018
Data Compromised:

  • Medical record numbers
  • Treatment information
  • Surgical details
  • Demographic information
  • Medical data
  • Diagnoses
  • Medications
  • Dates of services
  • Insurance information
  • Social Security numbers
  • Driver’s license numbers

Customers Impacted: 417,000
https://cyware.com/news/augusta-university-health-breach-exposes-personal-records-of-over-400k-patients-432de74e

https://www.augusta.edu/notice/message.php

United States – Animoto
Exploit: Undisclosed.
Risk to Small Business: High: A breach of customer trust, especially involving geolocation data, can be highly damaging to a company’s image.
Individual Risk: Moderate: Users affected by this breach are at a higher risk of spam and phishing.
Animoto: New York-based company that provides a cloud-based video-making service for social media sites.
Date Occurred/Discovered: July 10, 2018
Date Disclosed: August 2018
Data Compromised:  

  • Names
  • Dates of birth
  • User email addresses
  • Salted and hashed passwords
  • Geolocation

Customers Impacted: Unclear.
https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/20/animoto-hack-exposes-personal-information-geolocation-data/

United States – Sitter
Exploit: Exposed MongoDB database.
Risk to Small Business: High: Most customers would be uncomfortable with a company leaking data about their kids and when they are left alone with someone who doesn’t live there.
Individual Risk: High: A lot of sensitive personal information was exposed in this breach, much of it unsettling.
Sitter: An app that connects babysitters and parents.
Date Occurred/Discovered: August 14, 2018
Date Disclosed: August 14, 2018
Data Compromised:

  • Encrypted passwords
  • Number of children per family
  • User home addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Users address book contacts
  • Partial payment card numbers
  • Past in-app chats
  • Details about sitting sessions
    • Locations
    • Times

Customers Impacted: 93,000.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/incident-report-no1-babysitter-application-exposure-bob-diachenko/

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/mongodb-server-exposes-babysitting-apps-database/

Australia – Melbourne High School

Exploit: Negligence.
Risk to Small Business: Extreme: This is a major exposure of sensitive and potentially embarrassing information that could irreparably damage a company’s reputation.
Individual Risk: High: Those affected by the data breach have sensitive information about their personal medical information that is considered highly private and could leave them exposed to identity theft.
Melbourne High School: School in Melbourne.
Date Occurred/Discovered: August 20-22, 2018
Date Disclosed: August 22, 2018
Data Compromised:

  • Medical information
  • Mental health conditions
  • Learning behavioral difficulties

Customers Impacted: 300 students.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/aug/22/melbourne-student-health-records-posted-online-in-appalling-privacy-breach


 


Tick Tock.
The cost of cybercrime is no joke. This is easy to say from the perspective of someone whose business it is to know all about cybercrime trends, attack vectors, and yada, yada, yada.  But to really quantify how big of a problem cybercrime is in the world of business, it is often easier to compare it to day to day things… like a doctor explaining a complicated procedure or a mechanic telling you why your car is making that noise. So today I would like to compare the cost of cybercrime to the most universal understanding that there is… time.

The cost of cybercrime each minute globally: $1,138,888

The number of cybercrime victims each minute globally: 1,861

Number of records leaked globally each minute (from publicly disclosed incidents): 5,518

The number of new phishing domains each minute.21

As you can see, cybercrime buids by the minute.
https://www.darkreading.com/application-security/how-threats-increase-in-internet-time/d/d-id/1332629


This Week in Breach August 10 to August 17 2018

Dark Web Inforgraphic

This week we saw mobile apps making headlines. Tinder was used by a potential spy to unsuccessfully bait military secrets out of an airman and Snapchat’s source code was published on Github. The marketing campaign for the PGA championship has hit a speed bump in the form of a ransomware attack and an Australian hospital specializing in maternal health exposed treatments on the web.

Highlights from The Week in Breach:

  • Samsung Meets Meltdown
  • Snapchat Source Code
  • Think of the Children
  • The PGA is in the Sand Trap

In Other News:

Catfished
A hacker recently tried a new take on an old trick, utilizing the dating app Tinder in a honeypot scheme. The bad actor set out to steal military secrets from the British Royal Air Force, using a compromised RAF airwomen’s dating profile to try and trick a serviceman into revealing the details of the F-35 stealth fighter. The brand-new fighter is the result of a £9 billion project . China and Russia are eager to get their hands on any details they can about the plane. The airwomen realized almost immediately that her account was hacked and informed RAF, who was able to confirm that no information was disclosed, and the airman targeted was not connected to the F-35 program.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/05/honeytrap-hacker-attempted-steal-raf-fighter-jet-secrets-using/

Galaxy Meltdown
Samsung phones are not invulnerable to the microchip security flaw known as Meltdown as previously thought. Researchers at an Austrian University uncovered a way to exploit the vulnerability on the popular smartphone. The researchers plan on testing other phones in the future and believe that they will have similar results with other devices. With as much damage as Spectre exploits have done since its discovery, the same kind of exposure in smartphones could wreak havoc.
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/business/samsung-galaxy-s7-phones-vulnerable-to-being-hacked-860965.html

Oh Snap!
A hacker got ahold of some of the source code for the popular photo-messaging service Snapchat, publishing the valuable code on Github. The hacker is believed to be from Pakistan and the code has since been taken down by the company. It is likely that the repo contained part of or all of their iOS app but because the code was removed from Github. There is no way to verify the amount of source code published. The validity of the source data is also questionable, but given Snapchats all-caps DMCA request, (seen below) it seems like there’s a good chance the code was the real deal.

“SNAPCHAT SOURCE CODE. IT WAS LEAKED AND A USER HAS PUT IT IN THIS GITHUB REPO. THERE IS NO URL TO POINT TO BECAUSE SNAP INC. DOESN’T PUBLISH IT PUBLICLY.”
https://thenextweb.com/security/2018/08/07/hacker-swipes-snapchats-source-code-publishes-it-on-github/

Podcasts:
Know Tech Talks – Hosted by Barb Paluszkiewicz
IT Provider Network – The Podcast for Growing IT Service
The Continuum Podcast
Security Now – Hosted by Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte
Defensive Security Podcast – Hosted by Jerry Bell (@maliciouslink) and Andrew Kalat (@lerg)
Small Business, Big Marketing – Australia’s #1 Marketing Show!


 

United States – The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA)
Exploit: Ransomware.
Risk to Small Business: High: Ransomware is highly disruptive to any organization.
Individual Risk: High: Loss of data and possibly exfiltration of personal information can result from a ransomware attack.
The Professional Golfers Association: A golfing association that hosts the PGA Championship.
Date Occurred/Discovered: August 7, 2018
Date Disclosed: August 9, 2018
Data Compromised:

  • Creative material for the PGA Championship
    • Promotional banners
    • Logos
    • Digital signage
  • Creative material for the Ryder’s Cup in France
    • Abstracts of logos

Customers Impacted: With the PGA championship around the corner, this breach could affect golf fans all over the country.
https://cyware.com/news/pga-of-america-hit-by-ransomware-attack-days-before-championship-e16f53a7

Mexico – Hova Health
Exploit: Exposed the MongoDB database.
Risk to Small Business: High: Carelessness with customers’ sensitive data can cause irreparable damage to an organizations image.
Individual Risk: High: The information exposed on the internet could be used in identity theft.
Hova Health: Technology company that services the Mexican health care sector.
Date Occurred/Discovered: August 2018
Date Disclosed: August 7, 2018
Data Compromised:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Insurance information
  • Disability status
  • Home address

Customers Impacted: 2 million individuals.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/health-care-data-of-2-million-people-in-mexico-exposed-online/

Australia – The Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Exploit: Negligence.
Risk to Small Business: High: The sensitive nature of the data exposed as well as the scope of the breach will cost the organization the trust of its customers and could possibly result in hefty fines.
Individual Risk: High: The data exposed by the organization could be extremely useful for bad actors to impersonate them, in addition to the high value of personal medical information on the Dark Web.
The Women’s and Children’s Hospital: An Adelaide based health care facility that provides treatment for women, babies and children.
Date Occurred/Discovered: Occurred over the last 13 years
Date Disclosed: August 6, 2018
Data Compromised:  

  • Names
  • Date of birth
  • Test results

Customers Impacted: 7,200 individuals.
https://cyware.com/news/7200-womens-and-childrens-hospital-patient-records-test-results-exposed-online-for-13-years-1d384ef4

United States – Comcast
Exploit: Web vulnerability.
Risk to Small Business: High: The loss of customer trust and the expense of providing identity monitoring for the affected individuals could damage any organization.
Individual Risk: High: Key data needed for identity theft was exposed.
Comcast: One of the United States largest cable providers.
Date Occurred/Discovered: August 2018
Date Disclosed: August 8, 2018
Data Compromised:

  • Social Security Numbers
  • Partial home addresses

Customers Impacted: 26.5 million individuals.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nicolenguyen/a-comcast-security-flaw-exposed-millions-of-customers



Go Phish.
Phishing emails have evolved far past the misspelled words and suspicious email addresses that most people use to help judge the validity of an email. The phishing email of today can look like an exact copy of the communications coming from the imitated company. With the constant PII saturation of dark web, personal details can be added to the phishing email to make it look even more convincing. The malicious emails will continue to get better and more refined, so how do you counter them? The best way to keep your organization safe is by training employees about social engineering attacks, encouraging employees to be skeptical of suspicious emails and to report them, and utilizing technologies such as an antivirus and simulated phishing awareness training and using constant credential monitoring with Dark Web ID™. A properly executed phishing email could result in a business’s operations suspended due to ransomware, the theft of IP or the exposure of customer data… so why wouldn’t any organization proactively get prepared?

The Week in Breach

spearphishing

Russian Dark Web
A reporter from The Guardian recently dove into a popular Russian Dark Web hacking forum known as FreeHacks, which aims to maximize efficiency in the attacks of its members and to disperse information on ‘quality’ hacking. On the surface it looks like any other forum, and (in essence) it is, with a twisted turn provided by the malicious nature of the subject matter. The categories of the forum are split into a wide variety of specific types of hacking and some ‘lifestyle’ forums as well.

Hacker news, humor, botnet, DDoS, programming, web development, malware and exploits, and security are examples of some of the topics discussed on the site. Some of the markets on the site include stolen credit cards, password cracking software, a clothing market to launder money, and a document market where members can buy passports and citizenships. The forum has about 5,000 active members and claims that a hacker is not a ‘computer burglar’ but rather ‘someone who likes to program and enjoy it.” Given the kind of information and marketplaces available on the site, this seems more like mental gymnastics rather than a nuanced examination of one’s own criminality. After passing the registration to get into the site, the reporter found step-by-step directions for finding someone’s physical address, among other nefarious ways to penetrate companies’ networks or to extort individuals.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/24/darknet-dark-web-hacking-forum-internet-safety

Gamer Recognize Game
The website for Kaiser Permanente was hijacked this week by hackers, defacing the site to include a variety of Game of Thrones quotes, which is a popular book series turned TV show. The American integrated care consortium based in Oakland, California had their pictures of happy healthy families on their front page replaced with a black screen and a declaration that a hacking group known as the faceless men was responsible for the act. The hacking group appears to be somewhat amateur in nature, and Turkish in origin. An investigation into the group’s members reveals that a few of the hackers listed are active Turkish gamers, which raises the question about how an organization that handles sensitive medical information was able to be hacked by a group of Turkish gamers with very little hacking experience. It is unclear whether any personal information has been accessed in the hack … the organization has declined to comment as of the writing of this Week in Breach.
https://www.databreaches.net/hear-me-roar-kaiser-permanente-site-defaced-by-got-fans/

Security > Convenience
More customers value security over convenience than professionals in the UK, according to a new study. 83% of customers prefer security, compared to only 60% of cybersecurity professionals. The study explores the reason for the disparity in the concern, citing organizations desire for frictionless customer experience as a reason for not having tight security. This could contribute to the UK scoring an unimpressive 56 out of 100 points on the Digital Trust Index which is one of the lowest in the world and 5 points lower than the global average. This disconnect is likely to continue in the future considering 88% of UK executives believe they are doing a good job protecting consumer data while over half of their organizations have been breached in the past year.
https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/uk-consumers-prefer-security-to/

Hacking from The Inside
Across 5 different correctional facilities in Idaho, hundreds of inmates were able to add thousands of dollars’ worth of credits to their JPay accounts, which allows inmates to buy music or send emails. Over 300 inmates were able to exploit a vulnerability in the JPay system to add $224,772 across the group. One of those involved managed to gain nearly $10,000 using the exploit. Those who hacked their JPay accounts are being punished, and the vulnerability is being fixed, but this raises questions about the security of programs used by the U.S. prison system.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/27/us/idaho-prison-hack-jpay-nyt.html

Podcasts:
IT Provider Network – The Podcast for Growing IT Service
Know Tech Talks – Hosted by Barb Paluszkiewicz
The Continuum Podcast
Security Now – Hosted by Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte
Defensive Security Podcast – Hosted by Jerry Bell (@maliciouslink) and Andrew Kalat (@lerg)
Small Business, Big Marketing – Australia’s #1 Marketing Show!


United States – Reddit
Exploit: SMS intercept.
Risk to Small Business: High: Could have damaging effects on the trust of clients, as well as highlighting the vulnerabilities of SMS 2FA.
Individual Risk: Moderate: The nature of the data is not particularly harmful due to the age and the scope but affected users could be at risk for spam.
Reddit: Extremely popular forum, one of the 5 most popular sites on the internet.
Date Occurred/Discovered: June 14 – 18, 2018
Date Disclosed: August 1, 2018
Data Compromised:

• Old Reddit user data (before May 2007)
• Usernames
• Salted hashed passwords
• Email addresses
• Public content
• Private messages
• Email digests
Customers Impacted: Users with accounts made before 2007, subscribers to email digests between June 3 and June 17, 2018.
https://www.reddit.com/r/announcements/comments/93qnm5/we_had_a_security_incident_heres_what_you_need_to/

United States – UnityPoint Health
Exploit: Phishing.
Risk to Small Business: High: A huge breach of customer trust, also this organization will be fined heavily because medical data was breached.
Individual Risk: High: The content breached is valuable on the Dark Web and is vital in identity theft.
UnityPoint Health: Multi hospital group operating in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Date Occurred/Discovered: March 14 – April 3, 2018
Date Disclosed: July 31, 2018
Data Compromised:
• Protected health information
• Names
• Addresses
• Medical data
• Treatment information
• Lab results
• Insurance information
• Payment cards
• Social Security Number
Customers Impacted: 1.4 Million.
https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/14-million-patient-records-breached-unitypoint-health-phishing-attack

New Zealand – Hāwera High School
Exploit: Phishing.
Risk to Small Business: High: Ransomware attacks can be very disruptive.
Individual Risk: High: Students could lose files stored locally on computers. High risk of identity theft if PII is stored.
Hāwera High School: A New Zealand High School.
Date Occurred/Discovered: August 2018
Date Disclosed: August 2, 2018
Data Compromised:
• Local files stored on school computers
Customers Impacted: Students at the school.
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/02/new_zealand_school_hit_by_ransomware_scum/

India – CreditMate.in
Exploit: Exposed database.
Risk to Small Business: High: The exposed database was found during a routine google search, this kind of breach would seriously damage an organizations image.
Individual Risk: High: Data key for identity theft were exposed in this breach.
CreditMate: Helps customers obtain loans to purchase motorbikes.
Date Occurred/Discovered: July 27, 2018
Date Disclosed: August 2, 2018
Data Compromised:
• Member reference number
• Enquiry number
• Enquiry purpose
• Amount of loan being sought
• Full name
• Date of birth
• Gender
• Income tax ID number
• Passport
• Driver’s license
• Universal ID number
• Telephone number
• Email address
• Employment information
• Employment income
• CIBIL credit score
• Residential address
• Payment history of other loans/credit cards
Customers Impacted: 19,000.
https://www.databreaches.net/exclusive-creditmate-in-developers-goof-left-19000-consumers-credit-reports-unsecured/

United States – Yale University
Exploit: Unclear.
Risk to Small Business: High: Highly sensitive personal information was leaked which would damage consumer trust.
Individual Risk: High: The data accessed would be highly useful for bad actors looking to steal someone’s identity.
Yale University: A prestigious American University.
Date Occurred/Discovered: April 2008 – January 2009
Date Disclosed: June 2018
Data Compromised:
• Social security numbers
• Dates of birth
• Email addresses
• Physical addresses
Customers Impacted: 119,000
https://www.zdnet.com/article/yale-discloses-old-school-data-breach/

A note for your customers:
Texts from a Hacker.
With the breach of Reddit being disclosed this week, it’s key to remember the importance of robust cybersecurity, given that the hacker of the site was able to bypass 2FA. The actor was able to do this by using a method called ‘SMS intercept’ which is when the hacker is able to receive the text that contains the code for authentication. One way this is done is by SIM-swap, which is when the attacker convinces the phone provider that he is the target and applies their service to a new SIM card. Another method of attack is when bad actor impersonates the target and tricks the phone provider into transferring the target’s number to a new provider where the attacker is then able to access any 2FA codes coming into the phone.

A more secure alternative to SMS 2FA is app-based authentication through organizations such as Duo, which is not subject to the same vectors of attack. Stay vigilant out there, because SMS-intercept attacks are going to become more and more prevalent as they have been shown to be successful, and publicly too considering Reddit is one of the most popular sites on the internet.

This Week in Data Breaches 7/27 to 08/1 2018

Phishing

This week there were a few troubling breaches that stood out, especially the identity theft company LifeLock. When a company deals with sensitive information like the data LifeLock stores, customer trust is paramount…. so, when a breach occurs it really makes one reevaluate the effectiveness of the organization. A U.S. bank was also breached, with customer accounts drained at hundreds of ATMs across the country: a clear sign of a highly organized and effective attack. Bad actors are becoming smarter and getting better at attacking organizations, and the barrier to entry into this career of crime is getting lower and easier.

Thanks to our friends at ID Adgent!

 

Highlights from The Week in Breach:
– Banking Trojan.
– Life-UnLocked!
– Cyber Bank Heist.
– Huge Supply Chain Breach!

In Other News:

This Trojan is Galloping
The increasing popularity of ‘malware as a service,’ which is pre-packaged malware, developed by authors with technical skill and leased to less advanced cybercriminals, has made it easier for cybercriminals to launch advanced attacks on victims across the globe. A top-shelf malware as a service known as Exobot has had its code leaked after the author of the malware sold the banking trojan’s source code to interested parties. Once the source code is sold to enough people, eventually someone posts it publicly or it leaks in other ways. Authors of these ‘service’ malware rarely sell off the source code, that is unless they are finished with the project and moving on to other things. This is concerning in multiple ways, first being that a new more powerful malware may be in the works by the same author, second being that the sophisticated Android banking trojan is now becoming more available to bad actors. Researchers fear that the availability of the source code on underground hacking forums and its inevitable spread across the web will trigger a surge of malicious Android applications. History lends to this conclusion, as the leak of Android banking trojan ‘BankBot’ on the web lowered the barrier of entry into the world of malware and resulted in an explosion of the use of the trojan.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/source-code-for-exobot-android-banking-trojan-leaked-online/

The Best Test to Fail
Penetration testers are useful for assessing the strength and weaknesses in the cybersecurity of an organization, and according to new research these testers are mostly successful. Penetration testers can gain control over the network in question 67% of the time. The study in question was conducted by Rapid7 and examined organizations across industries and sizes, providing a supple sample size for finding two main points of vulnerabilities. The main vulnerabilities proved to be software and credentials. Software has increasingly been used to infiltrate networked resources, and credentials have always been a route of entry for bad actors. Only 16% of the organizations examined did not have a vulnerability, which is less than last year’s study, where 32% were vulnerability-free.
https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/new-report-shows-pen-testers-usually-win/d/d-id/1332368

I Ain’t Afraid of No PowerGhost
There is a new cryptocurrency mining malware out in the wild, and instead of using an individual’s devices, this malware has been targeting business PCs and servers. The cryptojacker is fileless, utilizing PowerShell and EternalBlue to spread through a business like a disease. PowerGhost is what researchers have begun calling the malware, and it can start on a single system and then spread to other organizations. As of the writing of This Week in Breach, South America is mainly affected by the cryptojacker, but PowerGhost also has a presence in North America and Europe.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/this-new-cryptomining-malware-targets-business-pcs-and-servers/

Podcasts:
IT Provider Network – The Podcast for Growing IT Service
Know Tech Talks – Hosted by Barb Paluszkiewicz
The Continuum Podcast
Security Now – Hosted by Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte
Defensive Security Podcast – Hosted by Jerry Bell (@maliciouslink) and Andrew Kalat (@lerg)
Small Business, Big Marketing – Australia’s #1 Marketing Show!


Canada – GM, Toyota, Tesla, More – Exposed by Level One Robotics

Exploit: Unprotected server/supply chain vulnerability.
Risk to Small Business: Extreme: A breach of this magnitude and depth would more than likely end a small business due to the extremely sensitive information that was leaked. Most companies would not choose to do business with an organization that leaked their trade secrets.
Individual Risk: Extreme: Passport photos and driver’s license scans of some employees were leaked, which puts them at extreme risk for identity theft.
Level One Robotics: Ontario-based business that provides industrial automation services for automotive suppliers.
Date Occurred/Discovered: July 10, 2018
Date Disclosed: July 23, 2018
Data Compromised:

  • Blueprints
  • Factory schematics
  • Robotic configurations
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Employee data
    • Names
    • ID numbers
    • Driver’s license scans
    • Passport scans
    • ID photos
  • Invoices
  • Contracts
  • Price negotiations
  • Insurance policies
  • Customer agreements
  • Banking information for the company
    • Account
    • Routing numbers
    • SWIFT codes

Customers Impacted: Over 100 manufacturing companies.
https://cyware.com/news/trade-secrets-of-gm-toyota-tesla-and-others-from-last-10-years-exposed-in-major-data-leak-d707fe02

United States – LifeLock

Exploit: Lack of website authentication and security.
Risk to Small Business: High: Email addresses were exposed, which allows bad actors to target customers. The exploit also allowed a hacker to unsubscribe from all communication with the company, which could be devastating to small businesses.
Individual Risk: Low: Due diligence with opening phishy emails and being suspect of unexpected emails will go a long way to combat this breach.
LifeLock: Identity theft protection company.
Date Occurred/Discovered: July 2018
Date Disclosed: July 25, 2018
Data Compromised:

  • Email addresses

Customers Impacted: 4.5 Million.
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/07/lifelock-bug-exposed-millions-of-customer-email-addresses/ 

United States – The National Bank of Blacksburg

Exploit: Phishing.
Risk to Small Business: High: The cybercriminals got away with a great deal of money in this hack. Most small businesses would not be able to stay afloat after a hit like the one detailed here.
Individual Risk: Extreme: The money taken was from customer accounts.
The National Bank of Blacksburg: A banking organization located in Virginia.
Date Occurred/Discovered: May 2016 and January 2017
Date Disclosed: Not disclosed, but discovered when a lawsuit was filed June 28, 2018
Data Compromised:  

  • Was able to disable anti-theft systems
  • $1,833,984 USD

Customers Impacted: Hundreds of customers’ accounts were used to steal money from the bank.
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/07/hackers-breached-virginia-bank-twice-in-eight-months-stole-2-4m/

United States – COSCO
Exploit: Ransomware.
Risk to Small Business: High: The Company’s email is down, forcing employees to use Yahoo mail to communicate with customers as well as internally.
Individual Risk: Low: Customers of the shipping company are not affected due to the continuing operation of the company, but it may be more difficult to coordinate with them.
COSCO: COSCO is an acronym for China Ocean Shipping Company and is a Chinese state-owned shipping services company. It is the 4th largest shipping company in the world.
Date Occurred/Discovered: July 24, 2018
Date Disclosed: July 25, 2018
Data Compromised: A ransomware attack has taken down their American network. The organization is keeping the breach under wraps, for now, so most details are not disclosed.
Customers Impacted: All the organization’s customers are affected by this attack. The difficulty in contacting the company could disrupt its customers’ business.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/ransomware-infection-cripples-shipping-giant-coscos-american-network/

http://lines.coscoshipping.com/home/News/detail/15325081261286611042/50000000000000231?id=50000000000000231

United States – Blue Spring Family Care

Exploit: Ransomware.
Risk to Small Business: High: Ransomware would be highly disruptive to any sized business.
Individual Risk: Moderate: There is no indication that any customer’s data was exfiltrated.
Blue Spring Family Care: Family healthcare provider.
Date Occurred/Discovered: May 12, 2018
Date Disclosed: July 26, 2018
Data Compromised: Ransomware attack encrypted the organization’s data. The extent of the attack is not clearly defined.
Customers Impacted: 44,979
https://www.databreaches.net/mo-blue-springs-family-care-notifies-44979-patients-after-ransomware-attack/



Supply Pain.
Supply chain attacks are extremely prevalent and costly, and most organizations are not prepared for them. A recent study found that less than 40% of organizations in the US, UK and Singapore have properly vetted their suppliers in the last year. Two-thirds of organizations have suffered a supply chain breach within the same time-frame, and almost three quarters (71%) don’t require the same level of security from their suppliers as they do internally. With the global average cost of a supply chain breach at $1.1 million, do you want to take those odds?https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/two-thirds-of-organizations-hit-in-supply-chain-attacks-/d/d-id/1332352

 

Want to see if you are compromised? Get a free Live Search Dark Web Scan for your business domain!

 

The Week in Breach June 23 to June 29 2018

 

The Week in Breach

 

It’s no surprise that this week has been busy for cyber-attacks on the web, targeting big events such as the World Cup but also continuing to pursue small-and medium-sized businesses across the globe.

– Google is still leaking!
– Another Dark Web marketplace down in a big win for French authorities.
– Do androids dream of electric… rats? A new malware for Android!
– Going phishing at the World Cup.

In other news… Google has announced that Chromecast and Google Home devices, that are easily scripted to reveal precise location data to the public, will be patched in the coming weeks. Disclosed by a researcher at Tripwire, the simple script running on a website can collect location by revealing a list of internet connections available to the device. Researchers go on to describe how easy it would be to remote into an exposed individual’s device and network.
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/06/google-to-fix-location-data-leak-in-google-home-chromecast/

The Dark Web marketplace known as ‘Black Hand’ was shut down by French authorities this week. The marketplace was used to sell drugs, weapons, stolen personal information and banking data, as well as fake documents. The site had over 3,000 users from France and was highly active for selling illicit materials.
https://www.hackread.com/authorities-shut-down-dark-web-marketplace-black-hand/

Researchers have come across a new malware family that takes form as an Android remote administration tool (or RAT). The malware uses the messaging app Telegram both to spread and to operate the RAT. When an attacker gains access to a device, he or she operates it by using Telegram’s bot functionality and can intercept text messages, send text messages, make calls, record audio or screen, and locate the device.
https://www.welivesecurity.com/2018/06/18/new-telegram-abusing-android-rat/

With the World Cup in full swing this week, bad actors are taking advantage of the attention on the event and spinning up malicious email campaigns. The idea is that people are less vigilant about clicking emails from unknown sources when related to an event that only occurs every couple of years. Sites selling fake tickets, offering fictitious giveaways and luring unsuspecting induvial to click on malicious links related to the World Cup are popping up all over the place.
 https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/wallchart-phishing-campaign-exploits-world-cup-watchers/d/d-id/1332080

A network worm called ‘Olympic Destroyer’ that debuted at the 2018 winter Olympics is still doing damage across Europe. Since the Olympics, the group has taken an interest in financial and biochemical organizations and oftentimes uses spear phishing as a way to gain illegal access to systems. The group has so far remained anonymous, using a complex combination of false flags and other deceptive behavior to avoid being revealed.
https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities—threats/olympic-destroyer-reappears-in-attacks-on-europe-russia/d/d-id/1332094


What we’re listening to this week!

Know Tech Talks – Hosted by Barb Paluszkiewicz
The Continuum Podcast
Security Now – Hosted by Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte
Defensive Security Podcast – Hosted by Jerry Bell (@maliciouslink) and Andrew Kalat (@lerg)
Small Business, Big Marketing – Australia’s #1 Marketing Show!

Indian Government

Exploit: Leaky websites, lack of basic website/ internet security controls.

Risk to Small Business: High: Demonstrates that poor cyber hygiene and complete disregard for basic website/ internet security can be highly damaging.

Risk to Exploited Individuals: High: Sensitive personally identifiable information that can be used for identity theft.

Indian Government: The Republic of India’s government.

Date Occurred/Discovered The government has experienced a wide variety of breaches over a long span of time, but with their websites being audited in May of 2018, their continuing lack of security with such highly sensitive information proves to be a continuing problem.
Date Disclosed June 20, 2018
Data Compromised · Names and phone numbers of those who bought various medicines from state-run pharmacies

Recently but not this week:

· Aadhaar number

· Data collected in ‘Smart Pulse Survey’

· Geolocation of people based on caste/religion

· Geolocation of ambulances, why they were summoned, and the hospital destination

How it was compromised Leaky websites and dashboards allowing anyone to look up HIGHLY sensitive medical and personal information.
Customers Impacted Anyone who has purchased medicine from the state-run pharmacies.
Attribution/Vulnerability Poorly configured database.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/specials/2018/jun/19/in-wake-of-data-leaks-andhra-pradesh-orders-audit-of-all-government-websites-1830571.html

https://www.huffingtonpost.in/2018/06/19/caught-leaking-information-on-people-buying-viagra-from-government-stores-ap-orders-security-audit_a_23463256/

Med Associates

Exploit: Supply Chain/Trusted Vendor Compromise
Compromised Workstation, most likely compromised credentials and a lack of multi-factor authentication.

Risk to Small Business: High: At least 42 physician practices had their customer’s PII compromised. Lack of situational awareness within the supply chain will create significant challenges for the vendors that replied on the claims processing vendor.

Risk to Exploited Individuals: High: This breach has disclosed a massive amount of HIGHLY sensitive personal and health information leaving customers impacted significant risk of identity theft and fraud.

Med Associates: A New York-based claims processing company.

Date Occurred/Discovered March 2018
Date Disclosed June 2018
Data Compromised · Patient names

· Dates of Birth

· Addresses

· Dates of service

· Diagnosis codes

· Procedure codes

· Insurance information, such as insurance ID numbers

How it was compromised Not disclosed, but it was specified that the attack did not involve ransomware or phishing.
Customers Impacted 270,000
Attribution/Vulnerability Still under investigation, but the third party gained remote access to the workstation without phishing or ransomware.

https://www.govinfosecurity.com/hacking-incident-at-billing-vendor-affects-270000-patients-a-11116


Chicago Public Schools

Exploit: Negligence

Risk to Small Business: High: If a breach of this magnitude happened to a small business, it is unlikely it would recover. This kind of negligence causing a breach tarnishes a name to a great degree, but people do not have a choice but to continue using Chicago public schools because it is a government-run program.

Risk to Exploited Individuals: High: Unfortunately, a minor’s personally identifiable information is highly sought after and valuable as its often not monitored.

Chicago Public Schools: School district in the Illinois city of Chicago

Date Occurred/Discovered June 16, 2018
Date Disclosed June 16, 2018
Data Compromised · Children’s names.

· Home phone numbers.

· Cell phone numbers.

· Email addresses.

· School ID numbers

How it was compromised When sending out an email about applications to selective enrollment schools, an employee attached a spreadsheet containing the sensitive data which was then sent out to families in the district. The person who made the critical mistake is going to lose their job according to the superintendent.
Customers Impacted 3,700 students and families
Attribution/Vulnerability Negligence

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/cps-data-breach-exposes-private-student-data/

An important takeaway from this week is how easy it is to unsuspectingly leak personal information. A study conducted by Positive Technologies found some alarming statistics when researching the vulnerabilities of something that is often overlooked; web applications.

The study uncovered that almost half (48%) of the web applications tested were vulnerable to unauthorized access from a third party, with 17% of the tested applications being so unsecured that full control could be acquired. Every single web app that the study looked had vulnerabilities with just over half of them (52%) being high risk. A little under half (44%) of web apps examined that processed personal data leaked that personal data and 70% of all applications were at risk of leaking critical information to the business. The study found an average of two critical vulnerabilities per web application, and where the researchers had access to the source code of the web app they uncovered high-severity vulnerabilities 100% of the time. The industries used in this study of web applications include: finance, IT, e-commerce, telecom, government, mass media, and manufacturing.

Make sure to consider what web applications you are using in both your professional and personal life, otherwise, your information could end up on the Dark Web.

https://www.ptsecurity.com/upload/corporate/ww-en/analytics/Web-application-vulnerabilities-2018-eng.pdf

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/most-websites-and-web-apps-no-match-for-attack-barrage/d/d-id/1332092

 

The Week In Breach! June 15 to June 22 2018

Dark Web

It should serve as no surprise, two of the breaches profiled this week occurred as the result of compromised email address and passwords. The particular events highlight the need to make password hygiene and compromised credential monitoring front and center.

This week also demonstrates that healthcare organizations are increasingly targeted by bad actors. Heathcare related PII/PHI is increasingly valuable and sought after in dark web markets and forums.  

A few more highlights…

– Malware on the move!  New Malware targeting Android phones making the rounds 

– Cortana… the weakest link? An exploit in Windows 10 was patched on Tuesday that allowed one to change passwords

– AI startup working on the United States drone program finds Russian malware on their server

– The Nigerian princes are back! This time, they want to be business partners…

There is a new mobile malware targeting Android phones, containing a banking Trojan, keyloggers, and ransomware. The malware, called MysteryBot will exfiltrate your data and send it back to LokiBot assets. While it’s still not in wide circulation, Android users should exercise caution when downloading apps both in and out of the play store.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/new-mysterybot-android-malware-packs-a-banking-trojan-keylogger-and-ransomware/

A vulnerability that used Cortana to access computer files even if the device was locked was revealed this week… just after patch Tuesday.
https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/want-to-break-into-a-locked-windows-10-device-ask-cortana-cve-2018-8140/

Across the globe, email scammers are a consistent source of problems for those who use the web. This week the FBI made 74 arrests across 7 countries and an email scam bust that targeted mid-sized businesses. The scam originated in Nigeria, the same country where the notorious ‘Nigerian prince’ email scam comes from.
https://www.cnet.com/news/fbi-busts-international-email-fraud-ring-that-stole-millions/

Look out for suspicious .men! Some top-level domains are more likely to be malicious than others, with .men .gdn and .work being the most abused. If you open a .men link there is about a 50/50 chance that you are going to a site loaded with spam or malware. Check those hyperlinks!
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/06/bad-men-at-work-please-dont-click/

What we’re listening to this week!

Know Tech Talks – Hosted by Barb Paluszkiewicz

Security Now – Hosted by Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte

Defensive Security Podcast – Hosted by Jerry Bell (@maliciouslink) and Andrew Kalat (@lerg)

Small Business, Big Marketing – Australia’s #1 Marketing Show!

Elmcroft Senior Living

Exploit: Outside actor.

Risk to Small Business: High: Lack of Data Loss Protection (DLP) and chain of custody leading to breach

Risk to Exploited Individuals: High: Elevated probability for Identity theft and fraud based on PII compromised.

Elmcroft: Recently ending its management of more than 70 assisted living, memory care, and inpatient hospital rehabilitation, Elmcroft was in wind-down mode when the breach occurred.

Date Occurred
Discovered
Occurred May 10th 2018, Discovered on May 12th
Date Disclosed Elmcroft made an official statement on June 8th, 2018
Data Compromised Names

Date of birth

Social Security Numbers

Personal health information

How it was Compromised A third party had access to information being transferred from Elmcroft to the new management company
Customers Impacted
Residents

Residents family members

Employees

Possibly others

Attribution/Vulnerability Undisclosed at this time.

https://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/news/data-breach-puts-personal-information-of-residents-workers-at-risk-elmcroft-senior-living-says/article/772385/

Terros Health

Exploit: Phishing scam that compromised one account.

Risk to Small Business: High: Demonstrates phishing is still a primary tactic to generate exploits and how one compromised email account can end in a major breach.

Risk to Exploited Individuals: High: Sensitive personal information, Social Security numbers and medical information were leaked all of which can be used maliciously by an outside actor.

Terros Health: Phoenix-based mental health and addiction services provider.

Date Occurred
Discovered
April, 2018
Date Disclosed June 8th, 2018
Data Compromised
Patient names

Date of birth

Social Security number

How it was Compromised
Phishing scam that compromised a single email account
Customers Impacted
1,600 patients
Attribution/Vulnerability One compromised email due to a phishing scam

https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2018/06/10/terros-healthwarns-of-patient-data-breach.html

Clarifi
Exploit: Malware exploit to steal IP

Risk to Small Business: High: Demonstrates the need to harden security when dealing with Intellectual Property and being targets as a Federal Contractor/Supply Chain Sub-contractor.

Risk to Exploited IndividualsHigh: Highly sensitive military information is located at the company, making individuals who work their targets for state-sponsored hacking.

Clarifi: An artificial intelligence startup based in New York involved in improving U.S. military drones.

Date Occurred
Discovered
November, 2017
Date Disclosed June 2018
Data Compromised
Possibly customer data, although Clarifi denies that any data was compromised.
How it was Compromised Unclear, although the origin of the malware is believed to be Russian.
Attribution/Vulnerability Malware
Customers Impacted The company assures that no customer data was compromised

https://www.wired.com/story/startup-working-on-contentious-pentagon-ai-project-was-hacked

https://cyware.com/news/ai-startup-clarifai-working-on-pentagons-project-maven-was-allegedly-hacked-by-russian-source-8a171b30

HealthEquity
Exploit: Compromised email.

Risk to Small Business: High: Demonstrates the need for compromised credential monitoring and implementing stronger authentication tools.

Risk to Exploited Individuals: High: sensitive personal information and Social Security numbers were accessed during the breach.

HealthEquity: Utah based firm that handles millions of health savings accounts.

Date Occurred
Discovered
April 11, 2018
Date Disclosed June  2018
Data Compromised Names of members

HealthEquity ID numbers

Names of employers

Employers HealthEquity IDs

Social Security numbers

How it was Compromised
An email account of a HealthEquity employee was compromised, and the outside actor was able to gather data for two days before the malicious activity was noticed by the company.
Attribution/Vulnerability Compromised employee email.
Customers Impacted 23,000

https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/23000-individuals-affected-in/

https://www.darkreading.com/operations/23000-compromised-in-healthequity-data-breach/d/d-id/1332050

Dixons Carphone
Exploit: Investigation ongoing.

Risk to Small Business: High: Breach response requirements of GDPR will significantly change how quick companies must disclose breach incidents and respond.

Risk to Exploited Individuals: High: Card data of customers was accessed by an outside actor.

Dixons Carphone: Electronics company located in the UK.

Date Occurred
Discovered
July, 2017
Date Disclosed June  2018
Data Compromised Customer Cards

Names

Addresses

Email addresses

How it was Compromised
The investigation is currently ongoing into how the breach happened, but it was only just discovered a little under a year after it happened.
Attribution/Vulnerability Unauthorized access to company data
Customers Impacted 5.9 million

An important takeaway from this week is the damage that a single compromised email account can have on an organization of any size. With one compromised email account a bad actor can send countless employees malware from an unsuspicious and legitimate email, often times without the employee knowing their email is compromised. Don’t let your business end up on the next Week in Breach. Make sure you and your employees’ passwords are strong, not reused or shared, and that your credentials aren’t up for sale on the Dark Web, by monitoring with Dark Web ID™ by Prime Telecommunications.  Please share this week’s breach news with a coworker or friend.

Highlights from The Week in Breach: May 30 to June 6 2018

Highlights from The Week in Breach:

– Finance sector attacks ramping up
– BackSwap JavaScript injections effectively circumventing detection
– Honda has leaky buckets too

This week in breach has all been about money, money, money. The finance sector is getting pelted with attacks recently – even more than usual – and Mexico, Canada, and Poland have been hit the worst.

In other news…

North Korea is still up to their old tricks, targeting South Korean websites with advanced zero-day attacks.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/activex-zero-day-discovered-in-recent-north-korean-hacks/

School is letting out which means grade changing breaches are in season! Two students at Bloomfield Hills High School attempted to fudge their report card and refund lunches for themselves and 20 other students.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/leemathews/2018/05/22/school-hackers-changed-grades-and-tried-to-get-a-free-lunch/#478b6d026e7d

The government of Idaho was hacked 2 times in 3 days which is not a very good look.
https://idahobusinessreview.com/2018/05/22/state-government-hacked-twice-in-three-days/

Coca-Cola had a breach that compromised 8,000 employees’ personal data, but they are also providing identity monitoring for a year at no cost. Ahh… refreshing, isn’t it?
https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/no-smiles-for-cocacola-after-data/


 What we’re STILL listening to this week!

Security Now – Hosted by Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte

Defensive Security Podcast – Hosted by Jerry Bell (@maliciouslink) and Andrew Kalat (@lerg)

Small Business, Big Marketing – Australia’s #1 Marketing Show!

Simplii Financial (CIBC) & Bank of Montreal
Exploit: Spear Phishing
Type of Exploit Risk to Small Business:  High: Personal and account information from a large number of customers were compromised, opening up the possibility of identity theft for business owners or employees.

Risk to Exploited Individuals: High: A large number of both personal and account information was breached from both banks including social insurance numbers and account balances. 

Simplii Financial: Owned by CIBC, Simplii Financial is a Canadian banking institution offering a wide array of services for their customers such as mortgages and investing.

BMO (Bank of Montreal): BMO is also a Canadian banking institution that offers investing, financial planning, personal accounts, and mortgages.

Date Occurred/
Discovered
The weekend of the 25th
Date Disclosed May 28, 2018
Data Compromised Personal and account information of the two bank’s customers. The hackers provided a sample of the breached data, containing the names, dates of birth, social insurance number and account balances of two customers.
How it was Compromised It is believed that both bank data breaches have been carried out by the same group of fraudsters, due to the time frame and ‘blackmail’ strategy of the group rather than selling of the data. It is suspected that a spear phishing attack was used, focusing on individual employees with targeted phishing attempts rather than a ‘dragnet’ approach typically seen in phishing attacks.
Customers Impacted
Between the two banks over 90,000 people’s personal and account information was compromised during the breach. CIBC owned Simplii Financial reported 40,000 accounts compromised compared to BMO who declared 50,000 accounts compromised later on the same day.
Attribution/Vulnerability Undisclosed at this time.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/simplii-data-hack-1.4680575

Honda Car India
Exploit: Misconfigured/ Insecure Amazon S3 buckets
Type of Exploit Risk to Small Business: High
Risk to Exploited Individuals: Moderate: Presumably low-risk PII and vehicle information exposed.
Honda Car India: Honda is an international cooperation from Japan that specializes in cars, planes, motorcycles and power equipment.

Date Occurred/
Discovered
The details were left exposed for at least three months. A security researcher who was scanning the web for unsecured servers left a message of warning timestamped February 28.
Date Disclosed May 30 2018
Data Compromised
Names
User gender
Phone numbers for both users and their trusted contacts
Email addresses for both users and their trusted contacts
Account passwords
Car VIN
Car Connect IDs, and more
How it was Compromised
A researcher who was scanning the web for AWS S3 buckets with incorrect permissions left a message in Honda Car India’s server to try and warn them to secure their server. Honda was not even aware that the note was added, signaling a complete lack of monitoring on the companies part.
Customers Impacted
50,000 of Honda Car India’s customers have had their personal info exposed on the internet for three months at the minimum.
Attribution/Vulnerability Negligence. Once the researcher noticed that Honda had still not secured their buckets, he reached out to them but it still took the company 2 weeks to respond.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/honda-india-left-details-of-50-000-customers-exposed-on-an-aws-s3-server/

SPEI
Exploit: Man in the Middle Attack
Type of Exploit Risk to Small Business: Severe: Security certificate exploit, website login spoofing, traffic re-direct. Significant financial loss. Threat intelligence/ data share fail.
Risk to Exploited IndividualsLow:  Financial Institutions will absorb the loss.

SPEI: Mexican domestic payment system.

Date Occurred/
Discovered
A breach was first detected on April 17th, with 5 more financial institutions being breached on April 24th, 26th, and May 8th.
Date Disclosed May 2018
Data Compromised
$15 Million stolen
How it was Compromised The central bank of Mexico experienced a man in the middle attack in April that it was able to stop, but failed to warn other financial institutions in the country about the severity of the incident. This led to 5 other financial institutions being compromised except the attacks were successful. It is unclear exactly how the hackers were able to enter the network, but the situation is constantly developing.
Attribution/Vulnerability Outside actors/ not disclosing breach possibly facilitated more breaches.
Customers Impacted Multiple financial institutions in Mexico

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-29/mexico-foiled-a-110-million-bank-heist-then-kept-it-a-secret

Polish Banks
Exploit: JavaScript malware injection named BackSwap
Type of Exploit Risk to Small Business: High: Sophisticated JavaScript injection designed to bypass advanced security/ injection detection.
Risk to Exploited Individuals: High: those who used the polish banks targeted by the new malware will take a financial loss, 2FA does not combat this.

Polish Banks: 5 Polish banks are being targeted

Date Occurred/
Discovered
The banking malware was first introduced in March 2018. The malware has been increasingly active since then.
Date Disclosed May 2018
Data Compromised Banking account information and funds
How it was Compromised
A new malware family. This family of banking malware uses an unfortunately elegant solution to bypass traditional security measures, using Windows message loop events rather than process injection methods to monitor browsing activity. When an infected user begins banking activities, the malware injects malicious JavaScript directly into the address bar. The script hides the change in recipient by replacing the input field with a fake one displaying the intended destination.
Attribution/Vulnerability Outside actors, deployed through spam email campaign

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2018/05/25/backswap-malware-empty-bank-accounts/

The last couple of months has seen an increase in the number of attacks on financial institutions around the world. Both the Bank Negara Malaysia and Bancomext were targeted in SWIFT-related attacks while two Canadian banks’ data was held at ransom in a massive breach. The largest three banks in the Netherlands were hit by DDoS attacks, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority stated that cyber-attacks were the greatest threat to their banks, while at the same time British banks spending on fighting financial crime sits at 5 billion pounds.

While no sector is immune from cyber-attack, the nature of the financial industry makes an attractive target. The sector is made up of institutions that store large quantities of sensitive data that can be sold on the Dark Web, as well as institutions that have access to large sums of capitol.

Additional Sources:
https://www.hstoday.us/uncategorized/cyber-attacks-on-banking-infrastructure-increase/