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Hacks, Attacks and Breaches: 7/7/2021 to 7/13/2021

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.

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
: Third-Party Data Breach 
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare: Hospital System 

Risk to Small Business: A data breach at a third-party provider, Elekta, has potentially exposed the private medical information of patients at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC) providers. Unknown cybercriminals were able to access a database owned by Elekta, a company that provides a cloud-based platform that handles legally required cancer reporting to the State of Illinois. Those potentially affected are patients of Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Community Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital. 

How it Could Affect Your Business: Proprietary data like this is cybercriminal gold. It’s both useful for committing future cybercrime and quickly saleable in the busy dark web data markets.

Morgan Stanley
 Third-Party Data Breach
Morgan Stanley: Financial Services Firm 

Risk to Small Business: Morgan Stanley has reported a third-party data breach after attackers reportedly stole customer data by hacking into the Accellion FTA server of a third-party vendor. That vendor, Guidehouse, is a third-party vendor that provides account maintenance services to Morgan Stanley’s StockPlan Connect business. Guidehouse notified the investment banking company in May 2021 that attackers had accessed its Accellion FTA server. The Clop ransomware gang claimed responsibility for the original Accellion hack. 

How it Could Affect Your Business: Ransomware can have ripple consequences that complicate response for everyone involved, creating unexpected risk.

Republican National Committee (RNC)
Exploit: Nation-State Cybercrime
Republican National Committee (RNC): Political Organization

Risk to Small Business: Russian-aligned nation-state cybercriminals hacked into the Republican National Committee last week. Initially dismissive of the hack, RNC officials ultimately admitted that their security had been breached. However, those officials attributed the hack to a data security incident at a subcontractor, Synnex. The RNC announced that they are working with experts at Microsoft to investigate this incident.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Reviewing potential avenues of risk can help you and your customers make a strong defensive plan.

: Hacking
GETTR: Social Media Platform 

Risk to Small Business: A hacker has reported that they have breached GETTR, a new right-wing social media platform popular with personalities who have been banned from mainstream social media. The data was purportedly collected in two batches, on July 1 and July 5. According to copies of the leaked file and the leaker’s claims, the first batch of the stolen data was collected through scraping on July 1 and the second batch was obtained through endpoint exploitation. The sum of the data collected in both leaks is estimated at more than 90,065 user profiles.

How it Could Affect Your Business: Strong endpoint security and security awareness training are vital for the success of security plans