Vice Media LLC is a broadcasting and digital media company in both Canada and the United States. They are the parent company for five smaller enterprises, including VICE.com and VIRTUE, with 35 offices worldwide.
The breach was an infiltration of the network for the company, allowing the hacker(s) to access information for up to 5 full days during January 2022. The breach may have been multiple breaches, as the company has not answered that question yet. The information released in the first filing with the government explained that social security numbers were part of the original breach, affecting 1,724 people. However, the second notification added more details. Other information types include PINs for accounts, passwords, financial account information, debit and credit card numbers, access codes, and personal security codes.
No one is exactly sure how the hacker was able to breach the network of the company. It is not even clear if this was a single breach or multiple breaches over the course of several days. Vice Media LLC filed two separate breach notifications on the one-year anniversaries of the original dates of the attack.
Between January 26 and 31 of 2022, Vice Media LLC was under the effects of a cyber attack and didn't know. March 2022 was when the cyber attack came to light. The company took nearly a year to notify people about the breach because they were taking part in an investigation to discover what types of information the hacker(s) had access to. It was not until January 25, 2023, that the company formally notified anyone of the attack.
The company has released that 1,724 people were affected by this breach, and all appear to be customers of Vice Media LLC. The company is offering 12 months of identity and credit monitoring, with insurance covering up to $1,000,000 if anyone is the victim of identity theft.
The number of files was not released with the breach information. The only information they offered was that more than 1,700 people could be potential victims of identity theft in the very near future.