Weekly Cybersecurity Recap January 27

  • By Steven
  • Published: Jan 27, 2023
  • Last Updated: Jan 28, 2023

This week, our lineup is pretty hard-hitting. Some of the biggest names in, well, everything, have been hacked, with a combined victim total of well into the millions. Some of these companies are repeat offenders, so to speak, and others are ones we’ve never really heard of (as far as cybersecurity is concerned). Honestly, it’s nice to be able to say that; 64% of companies worldwide have reported cybersecurity incidents, and 80% of U.S. companies have reported such, as well. Let’s hop in and see what this week’s biggest breaches are.

T-Mobile

Let’s be blunt – is anyone surprised? T-Mobile has been hacked eight times in five years, and there is very little customer information left to criminal imagination. Luckily, the information that your phone company has access to is, more often than not, available on public databases. Obviously, this excludes financial details, but this breach had nothing to do with passwords, IDs, financial or social security information, or anything else explicitly dangerous. The biggest issues most people will face are internet tracking (online trolling, bullying, and the like) and scam calls.

Home Care Providers of Texas

While we wish we could say this will be the last medical breach, we would be lying. This isn’t even the last one for the week. Technically, this breach occurred in June 2022, but it wasn’t reported until recently, making it big news now. The hacker encrypted HCPT’s system, resulting in the company’s finding of the breach. An investigation was immediately launched, finding that the hackers had accessed social security numbers, addresses, names, birthdays, and certain medical information, including treatment and diagnosis information.

Nissan North America

This breach was another June 2022 occurrence. The hacker accessed some non-sensitive information; birthdays, names, and NMAC (Nissan Motor Acceptance Company) account numbers. There is very little the hacker can do with this information. However, we still recommend changing your NMAC password if you were involved, just for safety’s sake. The highest risk is a hacker looking up your name, finding your email, phone number, or social media accounts, and launching phishing attacks or trolling attempts.

MailChimp

While only about 130 accounts were involved in the breach, there is an incredibly high chance that tens or hundreds of millions of people would be affected by the breach. WooCommerce and FanDuel are just two examples of companies affected by the breach. Each has millions of customers, all of whom are at increased risk for phishing attacks and other scams.

Maternal and Family Health Services

This Pennsylvania company was also victimized recently, with the bad actor having accessed pretty much everything you don’t want a hacker to access. “The elements of your personal information that may have been compromised may have included, and potentially were not limited to, your: name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, driver’s license number, financial account/payment card information, medical information and/or health insurance information,” says the notice sent to the California Attorney General’s Office. This leaves everyone involved (around 90,000 individuals) at very high risk for identity theft and insurance fraud.

 

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