Security Breach Update
7 December 2018

Phishing AttacksA new report has shed light on the fact that not only are email-based attacks on the rise, but they are spreading at an alarming rate. Cyber criminals have been shuffling their decks of targets, as 99% of the most heavily targeted email addresses this quarter are different than those targeted in Q3.

The phishing emails now are more likely to show up in the inbox of your marketing, public relations, and human resources departments. The reasoning behind this shift is that these teams have access to information about earnings and employee records.

Recent Breaches

Global Breach – Marriott – The largest hotel chain in the world.
Exploit: Supply chain breach.
Risk to Small Business: Extreme: Considering how damaging this breach will be to Marriott, the largest hotel chain in the world, it is safe to say that the ramifications of a breach as severe as this one has the potential to cripple a small business. One of the most damaging parts of this breach is that there has been unauthorized access to the Starwood network since 2014, meaning a bad actor, or group of bad actors, has been siphoning off data for years without being detected
Risk to Exploited Individuals: Severe: Those affected by this breach are at an increased risk of phishing attacks. Identity theft is also a very real possibility due to the amount of information accessed, including passport numbers. The passport numbers alone could fetch a good price on the Dark Web.
Customers Impacted: Approximately 500 million.

United Kingdom – Just Urban – A London-based startup, used for booking massages.
Exploit: Exposed database.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: The damage dealt by this breach to a small or new business could stunt the growth of the company and even cause a loss of clients. Some of the data exposed included complaints about clients. While it is important for the employees of a massage company, especially one that goes to a person’s home, to share if a certain client is inappropriate – most organizations could face severe backlash from their customer base if complaints about them surfaced.
Risk to Exploited Individuals: Moderate: In some cases, the individuals affected by this breach had complaints about them recorded by the massage therapist. These complaints can be embarrassing, but often times the complaints were in reference to the client’s actions towards the massage therapist. Some of the complaints included: requesting “sexual services from therapist”, with some clients even being marked as dangerous. These complaints were tied to the client’s full name, phone number, postcode and address.
Customers Impacted:  309,000 customers.

Being proactive in developing a cybersecurity plan can be the difference in successfully defending a breach or losing millions to a harmful attack.

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

Robert Brown
07/12/2018

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