Security Breach – 22 Jan 2021

Security Breach – 22 Jan 2021

Can your staff really spot phishing messages? Can you?

Phishing is a threat that looms for every business. In 2020, phishing threats grew by more than 600% as cybercriminals took advantage of a perfect storm of factors that gave them great advantages: a newly remote workforce, world unrest, the COVID-19 pandemic and a crashing economy.

It was definitely a growth category for cybercrime in 2021.

Damage related to cybercrime including phishing-related threats like ransomware and business email compromise is projected to hit $6 trillion annually in 2021 as a new cyberattack is launched every 39 seconds.

One of the best investments that you can make to protect your business from today’s worst cyberattack threats is security awareness training featuring phishing resistance.

Don’t wait to start your 2021 security awareness and phishing resistance training program. Act now to start protecting your business from cybercrime before one click on one phishing email costs you a fortune.

Recent Breaches


Japan – Capcom – Videogame Developer

Exploit: Ransomware

Risk to Small Business: Extreme: Recent data breach damage at Capcom was significantly worse than they thought. Capcom has announced that their investigation has uncovered that the personal data of up to 400,000 customers was compromised in the attack — 40,000 more than the company originally estimated. The announcement added that its investigation is ongoing and that new evidence of additional compromise could still come. The Ragnar locker ransomware group also captured 1TB of corporate data, including banking details, contracts, proprietary data, emails and more.

Risk to Exploited Individuals: Moderate: It’s uncertain if any further client data was impacted. Capcom was quick to note that no customer credit-card data was exfiltrated during the breach, saying that it’s currently safe to play and purchase the company’s games online since those transactions are handled by a third-party service provider.

Customers Impacted:  400,000 and growing

United States – Parler – Social Media Application

Exploit: Hacking

Risk to Small Business: Severe: Now-defunct social media site Parler had a wild ride to the finish, including a hacking incident. Hackers were able to exploit security weaknesses in engineering and security to gain access to the membership-restricted content, scraping at least 70 TB of data. The data scrape also includes deleted posts, meaning that Parler stored user data after users deleted it. The hackers also obtained URLs for over a million video URLs, some deleted and private

Risk to Exploited Individuals: Extreme: Data was taken from Parler’s “Verified Citizens,” users of the network who verified their identity by uploading photographs of government-issued IDs, such as a driver’s license. The scrape includes user profile data, user information, and which users had administration rights for specific groups within the social network. Data like this could be used to mount spear phishing attacks, or as blackmail material, as it contains details that could connect users to criminal acts or membership in extremist groups.

Customers Impacted:  10 Million

Protect your data and systems by implementing a solid cybersecurity plan. Talk to a TCT team member today and we can show you how.

Robert Brown

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