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Hacks, Attacks and Breaches: 6/17/2020 to 6/23/2020

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 – Netsential

Exploit: Unauthorized Database Access
Netsential: Web Development Firm 

Risk to Small Business: A security breach at this Texas-based web development company led to the exposure of hundreds of thousands of potentially sensitive files from U.S. police departments. Dubbed “BlueLeaks”, this massive data breach contained 270 gigabytes of information going back 24 years, from August 1996 through June 19, 2020. Files contained names, email addresses, phone numbers, PDF documents, images, and video, CSV, and ZIP files related to criminal investigations. Some of these files also contained sensitive financial information as well as personally identifiable information and images of suspects from law enforcement and government agency reports. 

How it Could Affect Your Business: One compromised credential can lead to a data breach that has a devastating impact on any business, destroying the trust that partners have in a company’s commitment to making and maintaining secure, high-quality software -especially when it’s intended to handle sensitive information.

United States – SB Tech

Exploit: Ransomware
SB Tech: Online Gambling Technology Provider 

Risk to Small Business: In an SEC filing made as part of a three-way merger including Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corporation last week, DraftKings noted that SB Tech had been hit with a ransomware attack in March 2020 that caused an approximate one-week outage its online sports and casino betting capability. It also caused online betting sites that used the platform to suffer service outages.  As a result, DEAC renegotiated the merger to include a $30 million fund to fend off future litigation and costs associated with the attack.

How it Could Affect Your Business: The results of a cyberattack aren’t just problematic immediately – they can affect future business transactions. While the attack did not stop this merger, it did add potential additional cost and could cause future partners to think twice. 

Canada – Agromart Group

Exploit: Ransomware
Agromart Group: Agricultural Services Conglomerate 

Risk to Small Business: As ransomware attacks ramp up around the globe, Dark Web DDoS group REvil has innovated their attack tactics to include auctioning off stolen data if victims refuse to pay the ransom. This just happened to Canadian agribusiness services company Agromart Group, which also owns Sollio Agriculture. The first 22,000 files stolen from the agricultural company entered Dark Web markets last week with the starting price of $50,000.  

How it Could Affect Your Business:  A data breach at a third-party partner can be just as problematic as a data breach at home for businesses. Compromised financial and identity information can hang around in Dark Web markets for a long time, creating continued risk.