Weekly Cybersecurity Recap October 6

  • By Steven
  • Oct 06, 2023

Cybersecurity experts work daily to protect the public from threat actors. This week, we learned about new threats to medical records and gas stations and received updated statuses. Nuance Communications was the most recent development in the ongoing MOVEit file breaches; this is a significant blow to the medical community in conjunction with the other medical targets this week, HCA Healthcare and Community First Medical Center. Darkbeam also suffered significant disruptions as hackers sidestepped its security protocols. Lastly, hackers made the public aware of gas station hacking in Motor City. Get a synopsis of each breach below.

Nuance Communications

Spearheading industry AI tech, Nuance Communications is a leading provider of software solutions for medical clients. Recently, a third-party application that manipulates files, called MOVEit, suffered a data breach; as a result, many companies, including Nuance, have found breaches in their systems. After the attack, an estimated 1.2+ million people had their information exposed. The exposed data includes personal and health identifiers, diagnoses, and Social Security Numbers.

Hacked Gas Pumps in Detroit 

A Detroit gas station suffered a recent hacking incident. We know little about the attack, but eyewitnesses have purportedly claimed the attack happened with electronic devices. Theories suggest the hacker entered the station’s Bluetooth network and then used it to manipulate the pumps and emergency triggers. Rather than hack into a database and change files, this hacker broke into the payment requirement for the gas pump. The hacker removed the payment requirement, and over 800 gallons of gas drove away.

Darkbeam

Cyber vulnerability and threat management provider Darkbeam faced a severe data breach this week. ApexAnalytix, a US-based solutions firm, recently acquired the London-based provider. Purportedly, a researcher from years prior did not secure software used by Darkbeam, which allowed a hacker to gain entry recently. This data breach may have exposed as many as 3.8 billion personal records, including paired usernames and passwords. Those who have received a notice from Darkbeam should immediately change their login information and enable anti-hacking options like two-factor authentication.

HCA Healthcare

Massive healthcare conglomerate HCA Healthcare also suffered from a data breach this week; with locations in the US and UK, HCA spans over 180 hospitals and over 2,000 clinics. In July, HCA admitted the breach had occurred, impacting as many as 11 million patients. Some leaked information includes patients’ full names, contact information, date of birth, and upcoming appointment dates. Those impacted by this breach should receive a notification in the coming weeks. As long as you act quickly and protect your information, consumers can mitigate most threats from this breach.

Community First Medical Center

This Chicago medical center suffered significant data loss in another localized data breach. Although no authorities have provided updates, CFMC has suggested the attack occurred due to a data security incident. The hacking exposed over 216,000 patient records, including full names, contact information, Social Security Numbers, and Medicare numbers. Those potentially impacted by the breach should receive letters in the coming weeks. The key to avoiding most cyber problems is reacting quickly and proactively.

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