Cisco Breach - May 24, 2022Date: May 2022

Cisco Systems, Inc., is more commonly called Cisco. It is a technology conglomerate with its headquarters in San Jose, California. It is known for manufacturing and selling software, hardware, and similar types of products.

What Was the Breach?

Ransomware hackers recently hit Cisco. The hackers stole nearly three gigabytes of data. The ransomware hackers published a list of files it intended to reveal to other criminals, including identity thieves and miscreants lurking on the dark web. However, only part of the list was published in an attempt to convince the tech giant to fork over the requested ransom payment.

How Did the Breach Occur?

Hackers used the access vector of phishing to access the personal Google account of a Cisco employee. The accessing of this account ultimately compromised user credentials and also set the stage for the accessing of the Cisco VPN. It appears as though the threat actor responsible for the attack is linked to UNC2447, a hacking collective in Russia. 

When Did This Breach Occur?

This breach occurred on May 24, 2022.

Who Does the Breach Impact?

The breach impacts Cisco and its clients. Though it appears the stolen information was not highly sensitive, data security experts are quick to point out that compromising a corporate network can lead to much-desired publicity and credibility with other hackers that leads to lucrative opportunities down the line. It is quite possible that the Cisco hack was nothing more than an initiation challenge issued from one hacker to another as a benchmark to prove one’s merit for future endeavors.

How Many Files Does the Breach Affect?

Cisco did not reveal the specific number of files accessed in the attack. However, the breach exposed nearly three gigabytes of information. Read about Cisco’s previous breach at Ex-Cisco Employee Deletes WebEx Accounts Facing Charges.

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