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Nightfall Weekly InfoSec Roundup: July 30 to August 5

by Michael Osakwe Published Aug 06, 2019

Cyber Attacks & Breaches

  • Presbyterian data breach affects some 183,000 patients
    (AlbuquerqueJournal) August 3rd
    Presbyterian Healthcare Services reported a data breach that allowed unauthorized access to personal information belonging to around 183,000 patients and health plan members.

  • Stockx was Hacked, Exposing Millions of User Records
    (Tech Crunch) August 3rd
    An unnamed data breached seller contacted TechCrunch claiming more than 6.8 million records were stolen from the site in May by a hacker. The seller declined to say how they obtained the data.

  • Education software maker Pearson says data breach affected thousands of accounts in the US
    (Tech Crunch) July 31st
    Pearson, an educational software maker, said that thousands of school and university accounts, mostly in the United States, were affected by a data breach. The company added that it has notified affected users already and that the vulnerability has been fixed.

  • Nebraska Insurer, Ameritas: Data Breach Possibly Exposed Customers’ Info
    (Insurance Journal) August 1st
    The insurance and finance company Ameritas has notified customers that their personal information may have been exposed in a data breach. The Lincoln Journal Star reports several employees fell victim to phishing scam.

  • A cyber-attack gets $700,000 from the City of Naples
    (FOX 4) August 1st
    Fox 4 has confirmed a major cyber-attack on one of Southwest Florida’s most prominent cities. Naples City Manager Charles T. Chapman IV says the city was the victim of a criminal cyber-attack. He says the thieves got away with $700,000.

  • Around 11,000 Summa Health patients PHI possibly got compromised
    (SPAMfighter) July 31st
    Summa Health based in Akron city, Ohio, has discovered that access to email accounts of four employees was gained by an unauthorized individual. Those compromised email accounts contain patients’ PHI (Protected Health Information).

  • Clothing Resale Marketplace Poshmark Announces Data Breach
    (Vice) August 1st
    Poshmark, a website focused on letting people sell used clothes, announced hackers had stolen data from the company. The information stolen includes a customer’s username, first and last name, gender, city, clothes size preference, email address, and hashed password, according to the announcement.

  • Sephora reports data breach, but few details
    (SC Magazine) July 30th
    Sephora is reporting a data breach affecting its customers in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. The company does not believe any credit card information was involved nor that any of the data exposed has been used in a malicious manner.

  • Nevada students’ information exposed in data breach
    (Las Vegas Review Journal) August 1st
    More than 650,000 Nevada students had personal information exposed in a data breach announced by the state’s two largest school districts, prompting internet safety advocates to urge parental caution with products children use online.

  • 1M Payment Cards Exposed in South Korea Breach
    (Dark Reading) August 1st
    Researchers have detected a significant uptick in the amount of South Korean-issued payment card records, with more than 1 million posted for sale on the Dark Web since May 29.

Vulnerabilities & Exploits

Risks & Warnings

  • New Mirai botnet lurks in the Tor network to stay under the radar
    (ZDNet) August 1st
    A new variant of the Mirai botnet has been discovered which utilizes the Tor network to prevent command server takedowns or seizure. Mirai is an Internet of Things (IoT) botnet which has been used in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in the past against prominent websites.

  • New Lord exploit kit is spreading ‘Eric’ ransomware, according to Malwarebytes
    (computing) August 5th
    Cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes has warned about a new exploit kit, named Lord, which is spreading ransomware via compromised websites. Lord EK was first spotted on 1st August and it was concluded that this exploit kit was part of a malvertising chain (via the PopCash ad network), using a compromised site to redirect potential victims to a malicious landing page.

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