Security Breach Update
4 October 2018

FacebookBig News this week with Facebook being breached!

The breach was the largest in the company’s 14-year history. The attackers exploited a feature in Facebook’s code to gain access to user accounts and potentially take control of them.

Three software flaws in Facebook’s systems allowed hackers to break into user accounts, including those of the top executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg.

Recent Breaches

United States – Facebook.
Exploit: Risk to Small Business: Severe: The loss of trust any organization would feel after a breach of this magnitude would greatly harm the organization’s ability to retain or obtain customers.
Risk to Exploited Individuals: Moderate:  The data accessed puts those affected by this breach at an increased risk for identity theft, spam and targeted phishing campaigns.
Customers Impacted:  50 million.

United States – Aspire Health – specializes in providing an extra layer of support and relief from stress, pain and symptoms to patients facing a serious illness.
Exploit: Compromised email account hacked through a phishing scheme.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: The risk to small business is severe due to medical data as well as confidential information being accessed.
Risk to Exploited Individuals: Moderate: The data accessed puts those affected by this breach at an increased risk for identity theft.
Customers Impacted:  This information has not been released as the investigation is ongoing.

United Nations – An intergovernmental organization tasked to promote international cooperation and to create and maintain international order.
Exploit: WordPress Vulnerability.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: While the United Nations is unlikely to see any repercussions for this breach, a small business would face serious PR consequences if they experienced a breach such as this.
Risk to Exploited Individuals: Moderate: Resumes contain a significant amount of personal information and job history, which can be used for spear phishing attacks and identity theft.
Customers Impacted:  Resumes that have been submitted to the UN since 2016.

It seems medical records have always found to be of great value on the Dark Web.

Over an eight-year span, healthcare organizations reported 2,149 data breaches affecting 176.4 million records to the federal government, with almost every year bringing more privacy incidents, according to new research.

The threat landscape is always changing, which is why it is important for every organisation of every shape and size to have robust cyber security policy.

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

Robert Brown
04/10/2018

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