Security Breach – 25 June 2021

Security Breach – 25 June 2021

Devastating cyberattacks are in the news every dayNow more than ever, getting the right advice on Cybersecurity is critical.

These days, stories of devastating cyberattacks are in the news every day.

From frightening cyberattacks on infrastructure targets by nation-state threat actors to ransomware threats from small-time operators looking to make a quick buck, cybersecurity threats are around every corner for businesses in 2021. Last year, more than 80% of businesses saw an increase in cyber threats in a record-breaking year for cybercrime – and damaging attacks like ransomware are already up by more than 40% in 2021.

How can your business stay safe from cyberattacks in this volatile atmosphere?

An assortment of variables can impact your company’s safety, from the industry that you’re in to the desirability of your data. Even the location of your company can play a part in your likelihood of experiencing cybercrime.

Your employees’ habits and your staff makeup can also impact your security calculus in good and bad ways. Don’t forget to consider the conditions of the world economy and the dark web economy as factors. Plus, the way that technology is changing and potentially providing cybercriminals with new avenues of attack.

The size of your business won’t keep you safe from cybercrime either.

Many small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) have value as strategic targets that enable cybercriminals to gain access to larger operations. Even without that aspect, SMBs aren’t a potential profit centre that cybercriminals are going to overlook. Not only can they provide valuable data and other assets, but they can also be profitable sources for making a quick profit from ransoms.

Two in five SMBs were the victims of a ransomware attack in 2020.

An estimated 47% of small businesses aren’t adequately prepared for a cyberattack. Are you?

Make sure that you’re ready for trouble by making the right cybersecurity moves with expert guidance from a trusted partner like Total Computer Technology, to give your business an edge against cyberattacks as the threat level continues to rise.

 

Recent Breaches

Carnival Cruise Line – Cruise Ship Operator

Exploit: Hacking

Risk to Small Business: Severe:  Perennially cybersecurity challenged cruise line Carnival issued a breach disclosure on Thursday confirming hackers attacked email accounts and gained access to data about its customers and employees. The company said that the data snatched was collected during the travel booking process, through the course of employment or from providing services to the company, including COVID or other safety testing

Risk to Exploited Individuals: Severe: The passenger data accessed included names, addresses, phone numbers, passport numbers, dates of birth, health information, and, in some limited instances, additional personal information like social security or national identification numbers. No clear information was provided about the employee information that was exposed.

Customers Impacted:  Unknown

United Kingdom – Cake Box – Bakery Chain

Exploit: Hacking

Risk to Small Business: Severe: UK celebration cake chain Cake Box isn’t celebrating this week. The company has disclosed a data breach after threat actors hacked their website and obtained credit card numbers. According to the release, the breach occurred way back in April 2020 and they’re just informing consumers. Payment skimming malware is to blame. Experts suspect that this breach is the result of a Magecart attack.

Risk to Exploited Individuals: Severe: When customers made purchases on the site while it was infected malicious scripts sent the first name and surname, email address, postal address, and payment card information including the three-digit CVV code to a remote server controlled by the attackers. This is an ancient breach in terms of the time it took for consumers to be informed, and the damage has definitely already been done..

Customers Impacted:  Unknown

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

Robert Brown
25/6/2021

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