Weekly Cybersecurity Recap October 20

  • By Steven
  • Oct 20, 2023

This week, we noticed increased targeting of medical information; surgeries, health centers, and clinics were all made victims by successful hacking plots. The most recent attack involved Chicago’s Cook County Health. Alabama and Virginia also had specialized assaults, resulting in three data breaches across the states. Shadow PC also suffered a breach, which may have put thousands of gamers around the globe at risk. Decathlon was also in the news; they announced the return of information from a breach years ago. Learn more about each breach below and take action to protect yourself if your details are involved.

Shadow PC

International gaming host Shadow PC kicked off this week by announcing hackers attacked one of their SaaS providers. The assault was a product of social engineering and compromised over half a million individual credentials. The stolen information included the customer’s date of birth, names, addresses, IP connections, emails, the last four of their credit cards, and the card expiration date. The breach is a significant issue for gamers, but they can likely protect themselves before the information is misused. 

Decathlon

Haunted by a data breach from 2021, Decathlon reports employee information from that time may have surfaced. The assailants purportedly gained access to employee names, contact information, country of residence, usernames, authentication tokens, and photos. The breach didn’t happen within Decathlon’s systems but from third-party vendor Bluenove. Although the breach mainly targeted employees, consumers are likely to feel the impact of the data leak, too. 

Fairfax Oral and Maxillofacial

Hackers also attacked a surgery clinic out of Northern Virginia, leaking 235,000+ patient records. The stolen information includes patient names and Social Security Numbers (SSN), health insurance, medical history, and driver’s license. The losses in this data breach were significant, made worse by the uncertain future of the data. As a result, Northern Virginia patients may have to look elsewhere for their treatments. 

Cook County Health 

Fairfax isn’t the only health-inclined victim this week. Cook County Health, which serves Chicago, also suffered a data breach. Like Decathlon, the breach source was a third-party vendor: Perry Johnson & Associates. The breach may have exposed patient names, addresses, medical record numbers, medical histories, dates of service, and SSNs. Upon discovering the cyber security incident, Cook County immediately terminated its relationship with PJ&A. Those who think the assailants may have exposed their information in the breach must take immediate steps to protect themselves.

AIDS Alabama Incorporated

The third reported medical facility reported this week, AIDS Alabama, is an emotional, community, and medical support provider. Their attack happened almost two years ago, but their discovery happened only recently. The threat actors may have accessed patient names, addresses, contact information, SSNs, diagnoses, health insurance, providers, and received services. The public is still waiting to learn more about the breach, but we know the attack may impact thousands. They could face significant losses. As more details come to light, those involved will receive notices; watch out for fakes. Confirm where the letter comes from before acting.

Related Articles

Instagram Vulnerability Allowed Hackers Access to Control Your Phone

Security experts Check Point Research discovered a critical vulnerability while examining Instagra ... Read More

Alien Malware Infects More than 226 Mobile Apps and Steals Bank Data

As reported on September 24, 2020, by ZDNet and ThreatPost, a new strain of malware named “A ... Read More

Universal Health Systems Hit by Ransomware Attack

Universal Health Systems (UHS), a Fortune 500 company owning more than 400 hospitals across the co ... Read More

Exchange Server Bug Exposes a Big Risk to Hackers

Months after Microsoft released a patch to fix a serious flaw in MS Exchange Server, more than 61% ... Read More

Clients’ Bank Data Exposed in Blackbaud Ransomware Attack

Blackbaud software was victim to a ransomware attack last May, and new information suggests that c ... Read More

Latest Articles

Cementitious Vendor—CGM—Network Compromised by 315k Data Breach

Cementitious Vendor—CGM—Network Compromised by 315k Data Breach

Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, CGM is a nationwide cementitious vendor for industries and construction projects. They are a leader in manufacturing, labeling, and distributing custom cement and patching products.

Chattanooga Heart Institute Updates on 2023 Network Cyber Attack

Chattanooga Heart Institute Updates on 2023 Network Cyber Attack

Patients with cardiovascular issues may appear in one of the Chattanooga Heart Institute (CHI) facilities in Tennessee and Georgia.

Oklahoma’s Largest Non-Profit Health System Breached; 2.3 Million Exposures

Oklahoma’s Largest Non-Profit Health System Breached; 2.3 Million Exposures

INTEGRIS Health is the largest non-profit healthcare network in Oklahoma and surrounding regions. The network includes medical and surgical centers, hospitals, emergency rooms, hospice options, addiction recovery programs, and a holistic approach to health and wellness.

Featured Articles

How to Buy a House with Bad Credit

How to Buy a House with Bad Credit

Buying your own home is the American Dream, but it might seem out of reach to those with bad credit. However, the good news is, if your credit is less than perfect, you do still have options and in most cases, can still buy a home.

How Secure Is Your Password? Tips to Improve Your Password Security

How Secure Is Your Password? Tips to Improve Your Password Security

Any good IT article on computers and network security will address the importance of strong, secure passwords. However, the challenge of good passwords is that most people have a hard time remembering them, so they use simple or obvious ones that pose a security risk.

Top 10 Senior Scams and How to Prevent Them

Top 10 Senior Scams and How to Prevent Them

Senior scams are becoming a major epidemic for two reasons. First, seniors often have a lot of money in the bank from a life of working hard and saving.

Free Identity Exposure Scan
Instantly and Securely Check if Your Personal Information is Exposed on the Dark Web or Sold by Data Brokers
Please enter first name
Please enter last name
Please select a state
Close
Free Identity Threat Scan
Instantly Check if Your Personal Information is Exposed
All fields below are required
Please enter first name
Please enter last name
Please enter a city
Please select a state
Please enter an age
Please enter an email address
Close