Security Breach Update
9 November 2018

As Christmas is just around the corner, we are finding lots of Christmas Best Of collections now available in shops.

To the surprise of no one, there is a “Best Of” ransomware collection being sold on the Dark Web, but there are many surprising elements to the bundle.

First off, the fact that the year’s most dangerous ransomware variants are being sold as a package deal at a reduced price should show the… professionalism… of the Dark Web marketplaces, as strange as it is to use that word to describe cybercriminals.

This crime-as-a-service model is nothing new, but this bundle is undoubtedly a step above the norm.

There are 23 ransomware variants included in the bundle, including SamSam. If you don’t know what SamSam is, it is a variant of ransomware that is infamous because of the high-profile targets it has been used against and because until now, it was under lock and key deployed only by a highly specialized group.

This bundle is not for the inexperienced hacker. An unskilled hacker would find difficulty putting most of the bundle to use. Don’t let one of the hackers who buys this bundle use it against your business!

Recent Breaches

United States – NorthBay Healthcare Corporation – A healthcare organization based in Portland, Oregon.
Exploit: Supply chain vulnerability
Risk to Small Business: Severe: An organization that is unable to secure the data of those applying for a job could scare away potential applicants as well as customers.
Risk to Exploited Individuals: Severe: Those affected by this breach are at an increased risk of identity theft.
Customers Impacted: Those who applied to the organization between 2012 and May 2018.

United States – Girl Scouts of America.
Exploit: Compromised email account.
Risk to Small Business: Severe: A breach that exposes medical history can foster distrust between a customer and an organization.
Risk to Exploited Individuals: Severe: Those affected by this breach are at an increased risk for identity theft and fraud.
Customers Impacted:  2,800 members.

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
9/11/2018

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