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.
Medical Review Institute of America (MRIoA)
Medical Review Institute of America (MRIoA): Medical Analytics
Risk to Small Business: Utah-based medical information and analysis company Medical Review Institute of America (MRIoA) announced that it has experienced a data breach. The incident was discovered on November 9, 2021, and officials were able to confirm that data had been stolen by November 16, 2021. In a data breach filing, the company said that over 134,000 individuals were impacted by the incident which is still under investigation. The company did say that it “retrieved and subsequently confirmed the deletion of” stolen data, but no information was released about a ransom amount or if they paid the ransom.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Ransomware risk is rising for organizations in every sector, especially companies that provide important services for other businesses.
The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC)
The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC): Prison
Risk to Small Business: New Mexico prison officials had a problem on their hands as a ransomware attack impacted county computer systems resulting in a lockdown of the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. The prison was not directly targeted. Inmates were forced to stay in their cells since the attack impacted the facility’s security camera networks, automated doors and internet service. Inmates and jailors were also unable to videoconference for trials. Reports say that a number of databases are suspected of being compromised or corrupted including an incident tracker which records inmate fights, attacks, as well as allegations of prison rape and sexual assault.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Ransomware can cause serious operational problems in unexpected places in today’s connected world.
Illuminate Education: Education Platform
Risk to Small Business: Illuminate Education, a digital education platform used by 5,200 schools and districts in the US, is still struggling to resume services after a cyberattack. The company owns popular school management platforms Skedula and PupilPath. Illuminate Education says it has continued experiencing a service interruption affecting all IO Classroom applications for nearly 10 days following an unspecified security incident. Investigation and recovery are underway, but the platform has not provided a recent update on the expected timeline.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Cybercriminals have been all over targets in the education sector including companies that serve it. Companies should use caution.
TransCredit: Credit Analysis & Reporting
Risk to Small Business: Over half a million credit reports and other financial documents held by Florida-based financial analysis firm TransCredit have been exposed. The Website Planet research team reported discovering a non-password-protected database that contained 822,789 records. Researchers cautioned that this dataset appears to be concentrated on clients in the transportation sector.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Once again, a service provider that maintains a large array of records full of PII was hit, gaining cybercriminals a data bonanza.