November 9, 2022

The Week in Breach News: 11/02/22 – 11/08/22

Supply chain attacks bring trouble around the world, ransomware stops trains in Denmark and key findings about SMB security from the Kaseya Security Insights Report 2022.

United States


Exploit: Phishing

Dropbox: File Hosting Service


Risk to Business: 1.802 = Severe

Microsoft confirmed that it inadvertently exposed information related to thousands of customers following a misconfiguration of Azure Blob Storage. The company said in a statement that the misconfiguration “resulted in the potential for unauthenticated access to some business transaction data corresponding to interactions between Microsoft and prospective customers, such as the planning or potential implementation and provisioning of Microsoft services”. The misconfiguration of the Azure Blob Storage was spotted on September 24, 2022. Microsoft states that the exposed data included names, email addresses, email content, company name, and phone numbers and attached files relating to business “between a customer and Microsoft or an authorized Microsoft partner.” 

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Even the biggest companies can fall victim to human error and be stuck dealing with unpleasant consequences.

Kearney & Company

Exploit: Ransomware

Kearney & Company: Financial Services Firm


Risk to Business: 2.101 = Severe

The LockBit 3.0 ransomware group has added Kearney & Company, an accounting and financial services firm that does business with the U.S. government, to its published list of victims on November 05. That group is threatening to publish the firm’s stolen data by November 26, 2022, if the company doesn’t pay the $2 million demanded ransom. A sample of the stolen data including financial documents, contracts, audit reports and billing documents has been published on the group’s dark website.  

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Financial services was the most hard-hit sector in terms of ransomware in 2021 and this year isn’t looking much better.

Multi-Color Corporation (MCC)

Exploit: Ransomware

Multi-Color Corporation (MCC): Printer 


Risk to Business: 2.764 = Moderate

Label printing company Multi-Color Corporation (MCC) has disclosed that on September 29, 2022, it discovered unauthorized access to its network. An investigation revealed that sensitive HR data might have been compromised, including personnel files and information on employees’ enrollment in benefits programs. Both current and former MCC employees are impacted. Some reports are saying that this was a ransomware attack. 


Individual Risk: 2.815 = Moderate

The company’s breach announcement said that sensitive personal data of MCC employees and their spouses, partners, and/or dependents who are enrolled in the benefits programs may have been exposed. Exposed data may include a person’s name, date of birth, email address, mailing address, telephone number, Social Security number, driver’s license number, healthcare and health insurance-related data, and certain tax and financial data. 

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware operators have been focusing on key points in the manufacturing supply chain for maximum gain.

Somnia Inc.

Exploit: Hacking

Somnia Inc.: Medical Practice Management


Risk to Business: 1.382 = Extreme

Somnia Inc, a physician-owned firm that manages anesthesiology practices, has experienced a data breach that may impact an estimated 20 practices serving about 430,000 people. A company spokesperson confirmed that the firm is the management services organization behind the recent breaches affecting many anesthesiology practices. Somnia declined to disclose how many clients and individuals in total were affected. The company said that their forensic investigation into a security incident found that some information stored on the management company’s systems may have been compromised. 


Individual Risk: 1.361 = Extreme

Affected information includes individuals’ name, Social Security number, and some combination of data including date of birth, driver’s license number, financial account information, health insurance policy number, medical record number, Medicaid or Medicare ID and health information such as treatment and diagnosis.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: This incident is still snowballing, but however it plays out this will cost Somnia a fortune in regulatory penalties on top of other damages.

United Kingdom & European Union

Italy – Vodafone

Exploit: Supply Chain Attack

Vodafone Italia: Telecommunications


Risk to Business: 1.619 = Severe

Vodafone Italia is sending customers notices of a data breach after one of its partners, FourB S.p.A., a reseller of telecommunications services, suffered a cyberattack. The incident took place in the first week of September and likely resulted in the compromise of sensitive subscriber details. A cybercrime group, KelvinSecurity, claimed that they’d successfully attacked Vodafone in early September, but the company denied an intrusion at that time. KelvinSecurity put a collection of 295,000 files totaling 310 GB of data up for sale. There has not been confirmation that the two incidents are connected but it seems highly likely.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Supply chain attacks against smaller companies can send out ripples of risk that impact major corporations too.

Denmark – DSB

Exploit: Supply Chain Attack

DSB: Railway 


Risk to Business: 1.684 = Severe

Danish train operator DSB experienced a service outage that shut down all of its trains on Saturday morning after a ransomware attack at one of its service providers. That service provider, software firm Supeo, was forced to shut down its servers after a suspected ransomware attack, resulting in the loss of access to a critical piece of software used by train drivers and halting trains around the country. Supeo provides a mobile application that train drivers use to access critical operational information including speed limits and information on work being done to the railroad. DSB, the largest railway operator in Denmark, was able to resume service later on Saturday after significant delays. 

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware groups love hitting businesses that are time sensitive in order to raise the chance that they’ll get paid fast.

Australia & New Zealand

Australia – Harcourts

Exploit: Supply Chain Attack

Harcourts: Real Estate Company


Risk to Business: 2.283 = Severe

Customers of the Melbourne City branch of real estate company Harcourts were informed that the company was hit by a cyberattack last month that may have exposed the personal information of tenants, landlords and service providers. The company disclosed that an unknown party had accessed its rental property database on October 24 after an incident at one of its service providers, Stafflink, a company that provides franchisee administrative support. The account of a Stafflink employee was allegedly compromised and accessed by an unknown third party, giving bad actors access to the data. Interestingly, Stafflink said in a statement “We understand the unauthorised access occurred because the representative of Stafflink was using their own device for work purposes rather than a company-issued (and more secure) device.” 

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: This kind of data is a goldmine for cybercriminals, and they’re keen to snatch it from business service providers

Australia – PNORS Technology Group

Exploit: Ransomware

PNORS Technology Group: Business Services


Risk to Business: 1.936 = Severe

PNORS Technology Group, an IT services provider for six departments of the Australian government, announced that two of its units, Datatime Services and Netway Networks, were hit in a cyber attack on November 3. The company confirmed that it had experienced encryption and data theft, as well as the fact that an unnamed cybercrime group has provided a sample of the stolen data as proof of the attack. No information was available at press time on ransom demands or timelines. Data snatched in this incident may include sensitive information about families in the Victorian school system collected as part of school entrance records. The company says that it has informed impacted entities as well as the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, and an investigation is ongoing.

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: This isn’t going to bode well for the future of this company’s relationship with agencies that handle sensitive data. 

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