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Hacks, Attacks and Breaches: 12/9/2020 to 12/15/2020

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.

United States – SolarWinds

Exploit: Hacking (Nation-State)
SolarWinds: Cybersecurity Software Developer 

Risk to Small Business: An incursion by suspected Russian nation-state hackers at this major cybersecurity solutions provider was the suspected starting point of a massive hacking incident impacting a number of federal agencies and defense assets. The hackers were able to obtain authentic credentials that enabled them to inject code into a routine software patch, opening backdoors into client files and systems. 

How it Could Affect Your Business:  Nation-state hacking is a growing problem that can lead to damaging, nightmarish consequences. One tool that was used in this hack was that old favorite – phishing.

United States – FireEye

Exploit: Hacking (Nation-State)
FireEye: Cybersecurity Solutions Development and Testing

Risk to Small Business: FireEye was also impacted in this week’s suspected Russian hacking operation. Hackers were able to penetrate FireEye’s systems security to obtain several of their vaunted Red Team tools. FireEye immediately detected the hack and released a statement exposing it. That was the first domino in the cybersecurity disaster cascade.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Even the biggest kids on the block can be taken down by determined hackers. Reviewing and updating cybersecurity and incident response plans has to be a top priority in 2020.

United States – Netgain

Exploit: Ransomware
Netgain: Data Hosting Provider 

Risk to Small Business: A ransomware incident led to shutdowns and slowdowns across Netgain’s data hosting environment. The company was forced to completely shut down all systems on 12/4 for containment and remediation. Service has been restored to customers, but they may still experience performance issues.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Ransomware can have damaging consequences for businesses that go beyond the initial hit causing huge operational headaches and long recovery operations.

United States – Dental Care Alliance

Exploit: Hacking
Dental Care Alliance: Dental Practice Support Organization 

Risk to Small Business: Dental Care Alliance, a professional support organization that includes more than 320 dentists in 20 states, has discovered that it experienced a data breach. The incident began on 09/18/20 and was ameliorated on 10/13/20. No cause has yet been specified and the incident is still under investigation.

How it Could Affect Your Business: When protecting sensitive information like medical data, it’s essential to maintain strong access point protection to avoid expensive breaches and expensive fines.