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.
H.P. Hood Dairy
H.P. Hood Dairy: Milk Producer
Risk to Small Business: Major New England dairy producer Hood announced that it had been hit with a cyberattack that has impacted milk production. The company stated that the unnamed attack caused milk processing and dairy production to halt at its 13 plants around the U.S. This has led to dairy shortages in some school systems and the waste of a large volume of milk. Production and processing operations have been restored and the incident is under investigation.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Cybercriminals have been hitting major food producers hard, looking for a quick score from a time-sensitive business.
Exploit: Supply Chain Risk
BlockFi: Cryptocurrency Finance
Risk to Small Business: Crypto financial institution BlockFi has announced that it had experienced a data breach incident via one of its third-party vendors, HubSpot. BlockFi says that the hackers gained access to BlockFi client data stored on HubSpot on Friday, March 18. BlockFi was quick to assure investors that its internal system and client funds were not accessed and that the breach remains limited to a very narrow pool of data stored with the third-party vendor, HubSpot.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Cryptocurrency and DeFi have been catnip for cybercriminals and that’s not going to stop anytime soon.
United States – Creative Services Inc.
Creative Services Inc.: Employment Investigations
Risk to Small Business: Hackers cracked into Massachusetts background check firm Creative Services and snatched highly sensitive personal records on more than 164,000 job-seekers and license applicants on November 26, 2021. The company’s internal investigation determined that an unauthorized party may have copied certain files on the company’s computer systems. This is a particularly tricky incident because of the confidential nature of the information that this firm handles.
How it Could Affect Your Business: This kind of sensitive information isn’t what anyone wants falling into the wrong hands and should be stored with extra safety.
Wheeling Health Right, Inc.
Wheeling Health Right Inc.: Healthcare Non-Profit
Risk to Small Business: Wheeling Health Right Inc (WHR), a United Way medical services non-profit, announced that on January 18, 2022, the organization was the victim of a “sophisticated cyberattack”, likely ransomware, that encrypted its systems as well as giving the threat actors access to protected patient health information. The organization is working with a technology services provider to decrypt the data as well as add other safeguards, and the investigation is ongoing.
How it Could Affect Your Business: This isn’t a problem that any medical facility can afford with high HIPAA penalties, especially a non-profit.