Weekly Cybersecurity Recap September 1

  • By Steven
  • Published: Sep 01, 2023
  • Last Updated: Nov 23, 2023

Data breaches are becoming more and more of a problem worldwide, and this week, it's especially obvious that they're causing trouble for serious companies. Major medical organizations, schools, and financial companies were all hit by breaches this week. Mom's Meals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, and Prospect Medical Holdings are all medical companies impacted by breaches this week. TMX Finance and the University of Minnesota are the other targets we cover in the recap below. 

TMX Finance

TMX Finance is a crisis loan company. The provider offers emergency loans to individuals throughout the country. tMX was the recent data breach victim, exposing many of its customers to data loss between February 3 and 4, 2023. The breach could lead to serious losses of financial information. If you get a notice about the breach, you may have had your credit card data or bank account information exposed. Monitor your accounts closely and watch to avoid serious problems caused by this breach

University of Minnesota

As many as 7 million alumni were recently impacted by a data breach at the University of Minnesota. The school teaches more than 50,000 users annually, and the breach may impact alumni back as far as 1989. This breach is suspected to have impacted over 7 million individuals, and Social Security numbers, names, addresses, and more were lost to it. The breach occurred when one or more individuals broke into the network. If you receive a notice telling you your data was involved, you should get regular credit reports, freeze your credit, and use credit monitoring services to protect yourself. 

Blue Cross of Illinois

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, the largest insurance provider in the state with over 8.9 patients covered, was recently the victim of a data breach. TMG Health, a vendor for Blue Cross, was breached on June 21, 2023. Serious data, such as birth dates, home addresses, medical data, bank information, Social Security numbers, and emails, were lost to the data breach. The provider sent individual notices out on August 14, 2023, and if you receive one, you should quickly move to secure your information and consider credit monitoring services. 

Prospect Medical Holdings

Prospect Medical Holdings is a parent company that oversees more than 16 different hospitals in Connecticut, California, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. The company was the victim of a data breach on August 3, 2023, and many patients and some staff members lost data to the breach. Personal and medical information was lost, and approximately 1TB of documents and 1.3 TB of SQL database information were taken in this breach. If you use one of the hospitals managed by Prospect, you should check your credit, monitor it closely, and secure your data. 

Mom's Meals

A gang of hackers recently made it public that Mom's Meals was breached and that huge amounts of data were being taken from customers using the service. Mom's Meals is a company that provides food to patients in need at home. Victims of the breach lost Social Security numbers, payment card data, driver's license numbers, diagnosis codes, and much more personal and medical information. The breach began in January and persisted into February. You should secure your information now if you believe your data was taken.

About the Author
IDStrong Logo

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

What to Do if Your Credit Card is Lost or Stolen

What to Do if Your Credit Card is Lost or Stolen

Credit and debit cards have become the most prominent form of wealth access in the last decade. Once consumers pulled out thick wallets of cash—they now pull out thin clips of cards—if they bother using a card, not a watch or cellphone.

Credit Card CVV Number: Meaning and Security

Credit Card CVV Number: Meaning and Security

Inspect your credit card, and you'll likely find interesting—and crucial—elements of the plastic rectangle. The front might display the provider's name, a chip, some digits, or an entire card number; the back might hold much the same, along with a signature, when necessary, and a "valid thru [sic]" date.

The Meaning of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): How to Turn On and Turn Off

The Meaning of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): How to Turn On and Turn Off

Cyber attacks are a growing threat to all industries, nations, and people. They occur with increasing frequency, with the last year reporting 3,205 data compromises and over $12.5 billion in projected losses, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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