June 30, 2022

The Week in Breach News: 06/22/22 – 06/28/22

Two automotive companies get hit by ransomware, a remarkable tale of a data loss incident for one Japanese city and why MSPs need to be careful about cyber threats to their own businesses right now.

United States

Flagstar Bank


Exploit: Hacking

Flagstar Bank: Banking & Financial Services


Risk to Business: 1.617 = Severe

Flagstar Bank disclosed that they’ve had a data breach that impacts an estimated 1.5 million customers. The Michigan-based bank says that the cyberattack occurred on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, 2021. However, the company did not determine who was affected until June 2022. The data breach happened during Flagstar Bancorp’s acquisition by New York Community Bank. The US financial organization is headquartered in Michigan and operates over 150 branches in areas including Indiana, California, Wisconsin, and Ohio. 


Individual Risk: 1.878 = Severe

The only available information about the breached data says that the Social Security numbers were exposed.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Banking & Finance was the sector that experienced the most cyberattacks including ransomware in 2021.

ADM Associates, Inc.


Exploit: Hacking

ADM Associates: Energy Consulting 


Risk to Business: 2.785 = Moderate

Energy evaluation company ADM Associates has reported a data breach impacting consumers. The company said that between August and September 2021 an unauthorized individual may have accessed and acquired certain information from its systems. ADM associates does energy research and evaluation for public utility companies. Affected individuals have been informed via letter and the company is offering free credit monitoring.  


Individual Risk: 2.831 = Moderate

Exposed information may include customer PII including names, addresses and other identifying data as well as sensitive financial information and Social Security numbers.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business SMBs that handle or store large amounts of data have been high on cybercriminal shopping lists, particularly in recent months.

Atrium Health


Exploit: Phishing

Atrium Health: Medical System 


Risk to Business: 1.601 = Severe

North Carolina-based Atrium Health has announced a data breach impacting 7,000 patients. The healthcare provider says that an employee at Atrium Health at Home fell victim to a phishing attack, resulting in bad actors accessing that employee’s email and messaging account in April 2021. Atrium is mailing letters to the affected patients and hasn’t determined whether the unauthorized user accessed the protected health information in the accounts. 


Individual Risk: 1.733 = Severe

Patient PII that was exposed included names, addresses, dates of birth and health insurance information. A limited number of patients may have also had their Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and financial account numbers compromised in the breach. 

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Healthcare data is always a desirable commodity for bad actors and letting them get their hands on it is always an expensive mistake for healthcare providers.


Brazil – Fast Shop


Exploit: Ransomware

Fast Shop: Online Retailer 


Risk to Business: 1.872 = Severe

 A ransomware attack at Brazilian retailer Fast Shop ended up shutting down the company’s online store briefly. The outage impacted the company’s main website, mobile apps and online ordering system. An unnamed hacking group claimed that they’ve snatched the company’s data from various cloud services including AWS, AZURE, GITLAB and IBM cloud including source codes, PCI data, and various user and corporate data. Bad actors also took control of the company’s Twitter account where they announced the breach.

Individual Impact: No information about consumer/employee PII, PHI or financial data exposure was available at press time. 

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Cybercriminals love to hit online retailers because of the possibility they’re storing profitable sensitive personal and financial customer data


United Kingdom – Yodel 


Exploit: Ransomware

Yodel: Logistics Company


Risk to Business: 2.183 = Severe

UK delivery company Yodel has experienced a suspected ransomware attack that has disrupted its services. Yodel’s tracking and customer services went down over the weekend as a result of the attack and the company is working to restore its services. The firm says that it doesn’t hold any customer payment information, and Yodel is currently investigating whether any personally identifiable information (PII) pertaining to clients has been taken. 

Individual Impact: No information about consumer/employee PII, PHI or financial data exposure was available at press time. 

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Aside from the initial expense, ransomware can also lead to lost productivity, lost business and reputation loss.


Japan – Nichirin


Exploit: Ransomware

Nichirin: Auto Parts Manufacturer 


Risk to Business: 2.206= Severe

Auto hose manufacturer Nichirin has announced that its U.S. subsidiary, Nichirin-Flex USA, has experienced a ransomware attack. The incident has caused the company to take production and technology systems offline, potentially impacting the manufacturing and delivery of customer orders. The firm’s website was briefly taken offline, and the damage appears to have been limited to the company’s U.S. operations.

Individual Impact: No information about consumer/employee PII, PHI or financial data exposure was available at press time. 

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Manufacturers aren’t safe from cybercriminals looking to score fast payments to prevent supply chain disruption. 

Japan – TB Kawashima


Exploit: Ransomware

TB Kawashima: Auto Parts Manufacturer


Risk to Business: 2.206 = Severe

In this week’s second incident at a Japanese auto parts company, automotive fabrics company TB Kawashima has disclosed that it has been the victim of a ransomware attack. The LockBit group has claimed responsibility. TB Kawashima is a division of Toyota Boshoku of the Toyota Group of companies. The company’s website was knocked offline, but they expect minimal impact on production or sales.  

Individual Impact: No information about consumer/employee PII, PHI or financial data exposure was available at press time. 

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Manufacturers that are linchpins in a supply chain are prime targets for hackers these days.

Japan – The City of Amagasaki


Exploit: Insider Threat (Employee Mistake)

Amagasaki: Municipal Government 


Risk to Business: 1.772 = Severe

In this week’s most interesting breach tale, the city of Amagasaki, Japan has found itself embroiled in a data breach thanks to the actions of one careless worker. A contractor who was working for this city to disburse pandemic subsidies took a USB drive containing numerous city records out of the office. But rather than heading straight home, the worker decided to go out on the town. That resulted in the worker passing out in the street and losing the bag containing the USB and all that city data.


Individual Risk: 1.613 = Severe

The USB contained names, birth dates, addresses, tax details, banking information and social security records for city residents. 

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Data stored on physical devices is data that can be more easily misplaced or lost with careless handling.

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