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.
Narragansett Bay Commission
Narragansett Bay Commission: Utility Company
Risk to Small Business: The Narragansett Bay Commission has been hit with a ransomware attack. The utility runs sewer systems in parts of the Providence and Blackstone Valley areas in Rhode Island. A spokesperson for the company said that the company experiences the encryption of data on some computers and systems in its network. However, service was not interrupted, and the utility does not store customer payment data. No word on what data was stolen or if the Narragansett Bay Commission paid a ransom.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Experts have warned that utilities are key targets for cybercriminals looking for quick money.
Lending Tree: Financial & Mortgage Services
Risk to Small Business: Mortgage giant Lending Tree, LLC recently confirmed that the company has experienced a data breach after cybercriminals discovered a code vulnerability on its website. According to a notice filed by the company, on June 3, 2022, Lending Tree discovered a code vulnerability on the company’s website that likely resulted in bad actors gaining access to sensitive personal information for customers. Lending Tree believes that the vulnerability was in place since mid-February 2022.
How it Could Affect Your Business: The financial sector was at the top of the cybercriminal hit list in 2021 and that hasn’t changed in 2022.
Family Practice Center
Family Practice Center: Medical Clinic Operator
Risk to Small Business: Pennsylvania-based medical clinic chain Family Practice Center has experienced a data breach. The company filed a notice with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services saying that on October 11, 2021, it was the target of a cyberattack that attempted to shut down its computer systems. This may have led to an unauthorized party gaining access to sensitive data about 83,969 patients.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Medical facilities of all kinds should be strengthening security in response to non-stop threats in the sector.