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Hacks, Attacks and Breaches: 6/2/2021 to 6/8/2021

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 iConstituent

Exploit: Ransomware
IConstituent: Communications Services

Risk to Small Business: A major service provider to members of the US House of Representatives is recovering from a ransomware incident that has left Members scrambling. iConstituent provides constituent communications services for House offices including facilitating Member emails and newsletters. The House Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is coordinating a response with iConstituent, and the CAO has announced that no other House data or systems have been compromised.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Ransomware against service providers has been a hot profit center for cybercriminals and they’re not letting up on potentially vulnerable targets.

United States – Cox Media Group

Exploit: Ransomware
Cox Media Group: TV & Radio Station Operator 

Risk to Small Business: A number of TV and radio stations around the US went dark briefly after a suspected ransomware attack on parent company Cox Media Group. Stations impacted included News9, WSOC, WSB, WPXI, KOKI, and almost all Cox radio stations. The Cox Media Group owns 57 radio and TV stations across 20 US markets. Internal networks and live streaming capabilities for other Cox media properties, such as web streams and mobile apps, were also impacted in the June 35r event. Service was quickly restored and the event is under investigation.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Ransomware attacks against strategic targets like this are becoming all too common as ransomware gangs seek to cause maximum buzz for maximum profit.

United States – Navistar International Corporation

Exploit: Ransomware
Navistar International Corporation: Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer

Risk to Small Business: Truck manufacturer Navistar International has notified the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that they’ve fallen prey to a ransomware attack. Navistar makes trucks, buses and diesel engines, while its Navistar Defense subsidiary produces several US military vehicles. The company confirmed that there was data exfiltration in the suspected ransomware attack, but no details have been made available regarding the nature of that data.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Ransomware is evolving, meaning every incident stands a chance of containing an even harder to stop new variant that could do lasting damage.

United States – New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (M.T.A.)

Exploit: Nation-State hacking
New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (M.T.A.): Regional Transport Operator 

Risk to Business: Officials at NY M.T.A released information that their system had been the target of a cyberattack by a hacking group believed to have links to the Chinese government. According to the report, nation-state actors penetrated the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s computer systems in April. The investigation has concluded and NY M.T.A. was able to confirm that no sensitive data or rider data was impacted.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Ransomware is evolving, meaning every incident stands a chance of containing an even harder to stop new variant that could do lasting damage.