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.
Austin Cancer Centers
Austin Cancer Centers: Specialty Medical Clinic System
Risk to Small Business: Austin (Texas) Cancer Centers are notifying 36,503 patients of a data breach that forced it to shut down its IT networks. The cancer treatment network, which has eight locations, discovered that hackers had deployed ransomware onto its systems. Cybersecurity experts determined that hackers had made the intrusion and remained invisible since late July 2021.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Data from medical centers is always a valuable commodity for cybercriminals because it can provide PII, financial information and other profitable tidbits.
TTEC: Customer Support Provider
Risk to Small Business: TTEC, a growing customer support provider, has been hit with a suspected Ragnar Locker ransomware attack. The company handles customer support calls on behalf of an array of major companies including Bank of America, Best Buy, Credit Karma, Dish Network, Kaiser Permanente, USAA and Verizon. Around September 12, company data was encrypted and business activities at several facilities were temporarily disrupted. The incident is under investigation.
How it Could Affect Your Business: Ransomware is always a disaster. Ragnar Locker operators recently threatened additional repercussions to companies that contact law enforcement officials after a successful attack.
Walgreen’s: Drugstore Chain
Risk to Small Business: Vox reports that the personal data of patients that had a COVID-19 test at Walgreens was stored incorrectly and exposed to anyone who cared to view it. The data exposure potentially affects millions of people who used Walgreens’ COVID-19 testing services over the course of the pandemic. The exposure came to light after a security expert checked for test results for a family member and noticed the issue. discovered the issues in March after a family member got a COVID-19 test. The vulnerability has been around since at least March 2021 when the expert discovered it, but likely longer.
How it Could Affect Your Business: When a company fails to keep highly sensitive data like this safe, it’s going to give customers and partners pause. It’s also going to cost them a fortune in penalties once regulators get finished with them.