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Hacks, Attacks and Breaches: 5/12/2021 to 5/18/2021

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 – Three Affiliated Tribes

Exploit: Ransomware
Three Affiliated Tribes: Tribal Government Organization 

Risk to Small Business: The Three Affiliated Tribes (the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nations) announced to its staff and employees that its server was infected with ransomware. Since the server was hacked, the tribe has been unable to access files, email, and critical information. Employees were also asked to refrain from using their work computers, Investigation and recovery is ongoing.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Protection from ransomware needs to be a top priority for every organization. These days a new attack is launched every 40 seconds putting every business in the line of fire.

United States – US Veterans Administration (VA)

Exploit: Ransomware
Veterans Administration: Federal Agency

Risk to Small Business: The VA has found itself in the cybersecurity hot seat again after a data breach at a records contractor exposed more than 200,000 records for veterans. The contractor, United Valor Solutions, appears to have been the victim of a ransomware attack. Researchers found a trove of their data online, including this sensitive VA data. The VA has announced that its Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Privacy Office is currently working with Medical Disability Examination Officer (MDEO) and contractors to further handle the incident, with the VA Data Breach Response Service investigating independently.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Ransomware is the gift that keeps on giving for medical sector targets. Not only are those victims facing expensive investigation and recovery costs, but they can also expect a substantial HIPAA fine and possibly more regulatory scrutiny.