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Hacks, Attacks and Breaches: 06/30/2021 to 07/06/2021

Suzanne Gassman

Here’s the latest installment of the Hacks, Attacks and Breaches cybersecurity news update.

The Logically team provides top cyber security stories every week to keep you up to date on the latest news headlines on cybersecurity, hacking, computer security, ransomware and other cybersecurity threats.

Arthur J. Gallagher
Exploit: Ransomware 
Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG): Insurance Broker

Risk to Small Business: Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG), a US-based global insurance brokerage and risk management firm, is mailing breach notification letters to customers impacted in a previously unannounced ransomware attack that hit its systems in late September 2020. The company said that an unknown party accessed data contained within their network between June 3, 2020, and September 26, 2020. The company has apparently just completed its investigation.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Proprietary data like this is cybercriminal gold. It’s both useful for committing future cybercrime and quickly saleable in the busy dark web data markets.

Practicefirst
Exploit: Ransomware
Practicefirst: Healthcare Technology Services

Risk to Small Business: Practicefirst announced that a 2020 healthcare ransomware attack may have exposed personally identifiable information (PII) of patients and employees. The service provider specializes in medical billing, coding, credentialing, bookkeeping, and practice management solutions. When they detected suspicious activity on December 30th, 2020, they shut down all systems, changed passwords and notified authorities but not before the bad guys scooped up data.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Clients and employees won’t be happy about having this kind of personal information stolen – and neither will the Department of Health and Human Services.

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Exploit: Third-Party Data Breach
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries: Government Agency

Risk to Small Business: Washington State informed over 16,000 workers that their PII may have been exposed in a ransomware attack on Renton market research company Pacific Market Research (PMR). The contractor was hit with a ransomware attack in May 2021.

How it Could Affect Your Business: An unsecured database is easy pickings for cybercriminals and a rookie mistake that could cost the survey company a client.