Security Breach Update
23 August 2018

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.

Recent Breaches

United States – The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA)
Exploit: Ransomware.
Risk to Small Business: High: Ransomware is highly disruptive to any organization.
Risk to Exploited Individuals: High: Loss of data and possibly ex-filtration of personal information can result from a ransomware attack.
Customers Impacted: With the PGA championship around the corner, this breach could affect golf fans all over the country.

Australia – The Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide
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.
Risk to Exploited Individuals: 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.
Customers Impacted: 7,200 individuals.

United States – Comcast – One of the United States largest cable providers.
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.
Risk to Exploited Individuals: High: Key data needed for identity theft was exposed.
Customers Impacted: 26.5 million individuals

Do you know if your business has had a data leakage? Check with TCT who has a security monitoring service specifically for this purpose.

Protect your data, privacy and reputation, talk to a TCT sales team member today.

Robert Brown
23/08/2018

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