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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.

Planned Parenthood
: Ransomware
Planned Parenthood: Healthcare Provider

Risk to Small Business: Bad actors gained access to the personal information of an estimated 400,000 patients of Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles this past October in a probable ransomware attack.  A spokesperson said that someone gained access to Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’ network between October 9 and 17, deployed and exfiltrated an undisclosed number of files. The breach is limited to the Los Angeles affiliate and an investigation is underway. 

How it Could Affect Your Business: Medical information is valuable, especially sensitive information like this that can be used for both cybercrime and blackmail, and patients expect that healthcare providers will protect it.

Gale Healthcare Solutions
Exploit: Misconfiguration
Gale Healthcare Solutions: Healthcare Job Placement

Risk to Small Business: More than 30,000 US healthcare workers’ personal information was recently exposed due to a non-password-protected database owned by Gale Healthcare Solutions, a Florida-based healthcare staffing provider. Files containing the PII of healthcare workers that the company placed were hosted on an unsecured AWS cloud server that was uncovered by security researchers in September. Gale Health Solutions says that the environment has been deactivated and secured. The company also says that there is no evidence there was any further unauthorized access beyond the researcher or that any personal data has been, or will be, misused. 

How it Could Affect Your Business: This mistake will be expensive and coveted healthcare workers may be inclined to choose a different staffing agency because of this carelessness.

: Hacking
MonoX: Cryptocurrency Finance

Risk to Small Business: The MonoX DEX platform has experienced a breach that did damage to the tune of $31 million. The breach took place after hackers exploited a vulnerability in smart contract software, then exploited the vulnerability to increase the price of MONO through smart contracts and bought assets with MONO tokens. DeFi platform Badger was also reportedly hit by hackers for $120 million last week after they gained access by targeting a protocol on the Ethereum network.  

How it Could Affect Your Business: In an ultra-competitive sector like crypto, customers will be watching every move a company makes, especially if it could potentially cost them money.