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Hacks, Attacks and Breaches: 3/10/2021 to 3/16/2021

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 – Molson Coors

Exploit: Hacking
Molson Coors: Brewing Conglomerate

Risk to Small Business: Molson Coors told regulators that they’ve experienced a serious cybersecurity incident. The hack has taken its systems offline, delaying and disrupting parts of Molson Coors’ operations, including its production and shipments.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Hacking that disrupts production is a big problem, and reassessing cybersecurity training is a good idea after a serious incident like this.

United States – Premier Diagnostics

Exploit: Unsecured Database
Premier Diagnostics: Medical Testing

Risk to Small Business: Utah medical testing company Premier Diagnostics has exposed the sensitive information of more than 50,000 customers by storing personally-identifying information on an unsecured server. The breach at Premier Diagnostics was discovered by researchers and contains sensitive customer data including scans of passports, health insurance ID cards, and driver’s licenses. Patients affected are from Utah, Nevada and Colorado.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Sensitive PII requires stong protection, esopecially in the medical sector, because failure to keep it safe incurs huge fines.

United States – University of Texas at El Paso

Exploit: Hacking
University of Texas at El Paso: Institution of Higher Learning 

Risk to Small Business: The computer network of the University of Texas at El Paso had to be shut down as technicians discovered a significant cyberattack in progress. Email and the server hosting the university’s website were affected by the incident, forcing faculty and students to communicate via Blackboard. The cyber-attack has also led to the closure of the university’s walk-up COVID-19 testing sites.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Hackers can disrupt large parts of an operation fast, leaving businesses scrambling to get back to work and causing lost revenue.

United States -Cochise Eye & Laser

Exploit: Ransomware
Cochise Eye and Laser: Optometry

Risk to Small Business: A ransomware incident at an optometrist located in Sierra Vista, Arizona, has affected up to 100,000 patients. In a recent breach notice, Cochise Eye and Laser informed regulators that the practice has been hit by ransomware, encrypting the office’s patient scheduling and billing software.

How it Could Affect Your Business: This is a tremendous problem for businesses of every size, and even without confirmation that data was stolen the practice will be dinged with a substantial fine.