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Hacks, Attacks and Breaches: 2/24/2021 to 3/2/2021

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.

United States – Gab

Exploit: Hacking
Gab: Social Media Platform 

Risk to Small Business: Right wing social media platform Gab was hacked by hacktivist group DDoSecrets. The platform is notorious for lax censorship of hate speech and is a haven for extremists including white supremacists, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, the alt-right, and QAnon conspiracy theorists. DDosSecrets has posted 70 GB of Gab content to its website including public posts, private posts, user profiles, hashed passwords for users, DMs, and plaintext passwords for groups in SQL format, along with over 70,000 messages in more than 19,000 chats with over 15,000 users in plaintext format.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Hacktivists are growing bolder in their quest to expose hate in public and private spaces. Information like this will haunt users for years on the dark web.

United States – Steris

Exploit: Third Party Data Breach
Steris: Medical Equipment Sales 

Risk to Small Business: The ransomware gang Clop is claiming to have snatched an unspecified amount of information belonging to the Steris Corporation during a ransomware attack at third party cloud solutions provider Accellion. A small amount of internal data including studies and communications was identified as Steris data.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Third party threats are growing more serious as cybercriminals collect information used in past breaches to fuel future attacks.

United States – Covenant Healthcare

Exploit:  Phishing
Covenant Healthcare: Medical System

Risk to Small Business: Bad actors obtained access to two employee email accounts at Covenant Healthcare, leading to the exposure of personal information for an estimated 45K patients. The Michigan-based health system is undertaking an investigation with outside cybersecurity professionals.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Phishing is the gateway to dangerous cybercrime, and regular phishing resistance training helps keep that gate closed.