Planned Parenthood

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/12/01/los-angeles-planned-parenthood-hack/

Exploit: Ransomware

Planned Parenthood: Healthcare Provider

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Risk to Business: 1.616= Severe

Bad actors gained access to the personal information of an estimated 400,000 patients of Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles this past October in a probable ransomware attack.  A spokesperson said that someone gained access to Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’ network between October 9 and 17, deployed and exfiltrated an undisclosed number of files. The breach is limited to the Los Angeles affiliate and an investigation is underway.

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Risk to Business: 1.703= Severe

PPLA told clients that PII and PHI had been exposed including the patient’s name, address, insurance information, date of birth, and clinical information, such as diagnosis, procedure, and/or prescriptions.

Customers Impacted: 400,000

How It Could Affect Your Business: Medical information is valuable, especially sensitive information like this that can be used for both cybercrime and blackmail, and patients expect that healthcare providers will protect it.

 

 

Gale Healthcare Solutions

https://www.zdnet.com/article/sensitive-information-of-30k-florida-healthcare-workers-exposed-in-unprotected-database/

Exploit: Misconfiguration

Gale Healthcare Solutions: Healthcare Job Placement

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Risk to Business: 1.611=Severe

More than 30,000 US healthcare workers’ personal information was recently exposed due to a non-password-protected database owned by Gale Healthcare Solutions, a Florida-based healthcare staffing provider. Files containing the PII of healthcare workers that the company placed were hosted on an unsecured AWS cloud server that was uncovered by security researchers in September. Gale Health Solutions says that the environment has been deactivated and secured. The company also says that there is no evidence there was any further unauthorized access beyond the researcher or that any personal data has been, or will be, misused.

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Individual Risk: 1.813=Severe

Researchers reported that the files they saw contained a healthcare worker’s face image or ID badge, full name and a number consistent with an SSN. Other personal data about the impacted workers may also have been exposed.

Customers Impacted: 300,000

How It Could Affect Your Business: This mistake will be expensive and coveted healthcare workers may be inclined to choose a different staffing agency because of this carelessness.

 

 

MonoX

https://www.hackread.com/hackers-steal-badger-defi-monox/

Exploit: Hacking

MonoX: Cryptocurrency Finance

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Risk to Business: 1.318=Extreme

The MonoX DEX platform has experienced a breach that did damage to the tune of $31 million. The breach took place after hackers exploited a vulnerability in smart contract software, then exploited the vulnerability to increase the price of MONO through smart contracts and bought assets with MONO tokens. DeFi platform Badger was also reportedly hit by hackers for $120 million last week after they gained access by targeting a protocol on the Ethereum network.

Individual Impact: No consumer PII or financial data loss was disclosed in this breach as of press time.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How It Could Affect Your Business: In an ultra-competitive sector like crypto, customers will be watching every move a company makes, especially if it could potentially cost them money.

 

 

DNA Diagnostics Center

https://www.zdnet.com/article/dna-testing-center-admits-to-breach-affecting-ssns-banking-info-of-more-than-2-million-people/

Exploit: Ransomware

DNA Diagnostics Center: Healthcare Services

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Risk to Business: 1.819= Severe

DNA Diagnostics Center said that on August 6, the company discovered that there had been unauthorized access to its network that enabled someone to access and exfiltrate an archived database that contained patient PII collected between 2004 and 2012. The Ohio-based company says that 2,102,436 people had their information exposed. Victims may have been ordered to undergo genetic testing as part of a legal matter.

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Individual Risk 1.617= Severe

The company is sending letters to impacted individuals warning them that they may have had their PII and sensitive data such as Social Security number or payment information exposed. Anyone whose personal information was accessed is being offered Experian credit monitoring.

Customers Impacted: 2,102,436

How it Could Affect Your Business: Companies that store two kinds of valuable data like this are at high risk for an expensive and damaging ransomware incident that will have lasting financial results.

 

 

United Kingdom – BitMart

https://portswigger.net/daily-swig/crypto-exchange-bitmart-reports-150-million-theft-following-hack

Exploit: Hacking

BitMart: Cryptocurrency Exchange

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Risk to Business: 1.212= Extreme

Cryptocurrency trading platform BitMart has been hacked resulting in the loss of an estimated $150 million in funds. Portswigger reports that Blockchain security firm Peckshield has estimated losses of around $200 million following an attack on the platform on Saturday (December 4), comprising $100 million on the Ethereum blockchain and $96 million on the Binance Smart Chain. BitMart said n a statement that it was temporarily suspending withdrawals until further notice after detecting a large-scale security breach centered on two ‘hot’ wallets. BitMart claims that it has more than nine million customers across more than 180 countries.

Individual Impact: No consumer or employee PII or financial data exposure was disclosed in this incident as of press time.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Business: Crypto platforms have been squarely in cybercriminals’ sights in the last few months and consumers are watching to see which ones are able to avoid trouble.

 

 

Japan – Panasonic

Exploit: Hacking

Panasonic: Electronics Manufacturer

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Risk to Business: 1.919 = Severe

Panasonic has confirmed that it’s had a security breach after unauthorized users accessed its network on November 11. The company says that an internal investigation revealed that some data on a file server had been accessed by intruders. No information was given about what data was accessed or how much. Panasonic says that it is working with an outside firm to get to the bottom of the matter and expressed its apologies for the incident.

Individual Impact: No consumer or employee PII or financial data exposure was disclosed in this incident as of press time.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Business: Large companies are treasure troves for data-hungry cybercriminals looking for a quick, low-risk score to turn over for fast profit.

 

 

Australia – CS Energy

https://www.itpro.co.uk/security/ransomware/361687/cs-energy-ransomware-attack

Exploit: Ransomware

CS Energy: Energy Company

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Risk to Business: 1.723 = Severe

CS Energy confirmed it experienced a ransomware attack on November 27.  The company said the incident was limited to its corporate network and did not impact operations at its Callide and Kogan Creek power stations. CS Energy’s CEO said that the company contained the ransomware attack by segregating the corporate network from other internal networks and enacting business continuity processes. CS Energy is owned by the Queensland government.

Individual Impact: No consumer PII or financial data exposure was disclosed in this incident as of press time.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Business: Utility companies and other critical infrastructure businesses are tempting targets for cybercriminals because their essential nature makes the owners more likely to pay a ransom.