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Hacks, Attacks and Breaches: 4/21/2021 to 4/27/2021

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 – Manhunt

Exploit: Hacking
Manhunt: Dating App

Risk to Small Business: Social network and dating site Manhunt has suffered a data breach. The company filed a declaration with Washington state regulators disclosing that the 20-year-old site was compromised in a cyberattack that took place in February 2021. An unauthorized third party downloaded personal information belonging to some Manhunt users after gaining access to the company’s account credential database. In the notice of data breach, Manhunt revealed that the personal information of an estimated 7,714 Washington residents had been affected but did not say how many of the site’s approximately 6 million users outside of Washington state were affected.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Hacking into databases is a profitable enterprise for cybercriminals, especially when juicy personal details are acquired. If you’re storing that kind of information, ensuring that you’re using strong security for information storage is essential.

United States – Eversource Energy

Exploit: Unsecured Database
Eversource Energy: Power Company 

Risk to Small Business: Eversource Energy, the largest energy supplier in New England, has suffered a data breach after customers’ personal information was exposed on an unsecured cloud server. The company serves 4.3 million electric and natural gas customers throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. The unsecured database allegedly contained unencrypted files created in August 2019 that included the personal information of 11,000 Eversource eastern Massachusetts customers.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Unsecured data is a rookie move. Make sure that everyone is following cybersecurity best practices to avoid costly mistakes.

United States – Radixx

Exploit: Malware
Radixx: Software Company 

Risk to Small Business: Travel software company Radixx has disclosed a data breach caused by a malware attack that has triggered a dayslong outage, snarling reservations systems at about 20 low-cost airlines around the world. The company said it noticed “unusual activity” around its reservations program on Tuesday. It did not describe the malware or say how it got into the program. Radixx’s parent company is travel software giant Texas-based Sabre Corp.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Hacking that disrupts operations has become an increasingly serious problem for businesses that provide services like software and data storage.

United States – Gyrodata

Exploit: Ransomware
Gyrodata: Mining Technology

Risk to Small Business: A ransomware attack against mining technology organization Gyrodata has potentially leaked the sensitive information of current and former employees. Gyrodata said it has been the victim of a ransomware attack that led to a possible data breach. So far, the number of potential victims has not been confirmed, though Gyrodata, which is headquartered in Houston, Texas, has multiple offices worldwide in countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Ecuador, Malaysia, and Scotland.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Ransomware has been an increasingly popular tool for cybercriminals to use against targets in the education sector. Preventing it from hitting systems is just as important as protecting data.