Weekly Cybersecurity Recap September 23

  • By Steven
  • Sep 23, 2022

Over the last few months, there’s been a terrifying amount of hacks. From food delivery services to video game companies, there seems to be no limit to what these hackers are willing to do. Let’s take a deeper look at the most recent breaches and hacks.

U-Haul

This particular breach is not quite as recent as the following, but the discovery is still fresh in the mind of customers. The breach occurred sometime between November 5th, 2021, and April 5th, 2022, and wasn't discovered until August 1st, 2022. The main problem facing the international moving truck company is that it didn't begin to alert consumers until September 9th. 

Uber

September 15th, 2022, starts as a typical day for Uber employees. Suddenly, a strange note enters their internal messaging system, Slack; "I announce I am a hacker and Uber has suffered a data breach." Memes are uploaded, and jokes are made. Then the data release begins. 

The hacker, who claims to be just 18 years old, began listing confidential data they supposedly had access to. "They pretty much have full access to Uber," Sam Curry, a security engineer at Yuga Labs, who’s been in correspondence with the hacker, said. Uber admitted the breach through Twitter.

Grand Theft Auto VI

The Grand Theft Auto VI breach is seen differently by different parties. While the fans are excited beyond recognition, the game-building teams at Rockstar Gaming and its parent company, Take-Two Interactive, are devastated. 

Nine years of hiding and secret keeping all for nothing as this hacker, who goes by the alias of Tea Pot and claims to be responsible for the Uber hack only a week before, outs over 50 minutes of game-play and footage to the public. September 19th will forever be one of the most significant breaches in video game history. 

American Airlines

On July 5th, 2022, American Airlines (the largest airline in the world by fleet size) noted some strange activity within their servers. It later admitted to a phishing campaign that resulted in the intrusion on a "limited number" of employee accounts. 

The airline has refused to comment on the exact number of affected customers, instead saying it was "a very small number." It only began to send letters to affected flyers on September 19th, resulting in an uproar of angry consumers.

The North Face

The North Face is an outdoor apparel company with over 50 years under its belt. When it discovered strange activity on its website in August of 2022, it took almost a week to find all of the affected accounts. However, once the accounts were found and the interlopers were removed, any affected customers of The North Face and Vans were notified by letter. 

The letters contained information regarding the breach, what the company was doing to deal with it, and what consumers could do to keep themselves safe. They have assured everyone that no payment information was stored on the compromised site; a third party handled all of that. The only thing customers have to do at this point is reset their passwords and verify their payment information.

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