Security Breach – 24 June 2022

Malware on the increase

Security Breach – 24 June 2022

Malware is one of the biggest risks that businesses face today. An infection can be disastrous, bringing nasty outcomes like data loss, system encryption, system damage, lost productivity, regulatory trouble and other expensive, business-damaging nightmares to your doorstep.

You need to make mounting a strong defense against malware a major priority. While ransomware is the malware you see most in the news, other types of malware can also hurt your business. But there are steps that you can take to mitigate your risk.

Security awareness training is a good start. The majority of malware that your business encounters will be the poisonous cargo of a phishing message. Teaching employees to spot and stop phishing threats and avoid social engineering traps will go a long way toward preventing a malware incident.

Recent Breaches

USA – Comstar – Medical Billing Service

Exploit: Hacking

Risk to Business: Severe: U.S. ambulance billing service Comstar has disclosed that it has exposed sensitive information belonging to medical patients. The company stated that it notices suspicious activity in March 2022, and an investigation determined that certain systems on Comstar’s network were subject to unauthorized access, but investigators were ultimately unable to confirm what specific information on those systems was accessed.

Risk to Exploited Individuals: Severe:  Exposed information may include patient names, dates of birth, information regarding medical assessment and medication administration, health insurance information, drivers’ licenses, financial account information, and Social Security numbers.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

South Africa – Shoprite Holdings Ltd – Supermarket Chain

Exploit: Ransomware

Risk to Business: Severe: Africa’s largest supermarket chain has been hit by a ransomware attack. The company warned customers in Eswatini, Namibia and Zambia, that their personal information might have been compromised due to a cyberattack. The RansomHouse group has claimed responsibility for the attack, posting an evidence sample of 600GB of data it claims it stole from the retailer to its dark web site. The attackers were quick to ridicule Shoprite’s cybersecurity practices as part of its leak announcement.

Risk to Exploited Individuals: No information about consumer/employee PII, PHI or financial data exposure was available at press time. 

Customers Impacted: Unknown

Talk to a TCT team member today about implementing cyber security and phishing training plan for your staff.

Robert Brown

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