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.
Five Guys: Restaurant Chain
Risk to Business: Quick service burger chain Five Guys has disclosed a data breach. The company filed data breach notifications in Texas, Massachusetts and Montana. Five Guys said that on September 17, 2022, they learned that “an unauthorized party” may have gained access to its computer system. Five Guys later determined that some of the compromised files contained sensitive information belonging to individuals who had previously applied for a job with the company. Exposed information varies depending on the individual and may include names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and financial account information.
How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: This could end up being an expensive incident for Five Guys even with such a small number of folks impacted because of the sensitivity of the data.
Risk to Small Business: SAIF, a not-for-profit organization that serves as Oregon’s leading provider of workers’ compensation coverage, has experienced a data breach. The organization maintains that some of the information was at least two decades old, according to the organization, but some who filed claims in September and October may have had medical information compromised. SAIF has notified impacted parties by mail and offered them free ID theft and monitoring service for a year. SAIF said its breach occurred on October 24, 2022, and it notified customers on December 8, 2022.
How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Insurers are juicy targets for the bad guys because they hold so much valuable data.
Cott Systems: Business Services
Risk to Small Business: Cott Systems, a company that handles records management for more than 400 U.S. local and regional governments, has experienced a data breach. The company was forced to shut down its servers which hold government data including public records, land records and court cases. That resulted in hundreds of local governments being forced to resort to manual processes, slowing down the processing of birth certificates, marriage licenses and real estate transactions. Cott Systems says that it has no indication that data has been compromised.
How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: This is a disaster for many governments that could severely damage Cott Systems’ government contracting future.
Robins & Morton Group
Robins & Morton Group: Construction Company
Risk to Small Business: Alabama-based construction firm Robins & Morton, a major construction operation in the Southeastern U.S., has disclosed that it has experienced a data security incident in which unauthorized parties accessed its data. The company said that the event took place on October 16, 2022, and that the intruders were able to continue accessing the network until the following day. Some of the files that were compromised contained confidential information belonging to certain consumers. The company said that it sent data breach notifications to affected parties in December 2022.
How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Infrastructure-related companies like construction firms have been hard hit by cybercrime for the last two years.