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Top 5 Most Feared Data Breaches of 2020 in the US (so far)

A cyber threat maybe lurking just around the corner!

Sneden Michael
Post by Sneden Michael Nov 17, 2020

Yes, it’s happening…cybercriminals are gaining an edge due to the increasing skills gap in cybersecurity. This gap continues to widen as security operations become decentralized and team activity no longer covers them all. The link between nation state actors and pure cybercriminals continues to become more apparent with increased reports of data breaches. Alternatively, the obscure tactics used by both groups aren’t as effective as they once were, as we see techniques and tools are being shared between communities. What if there’s no ambiguity around who wants to attack you and you could see your adversaries up close and personal? Netenrich has just the right solution for you. Check it out! 

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Are you a security professional manning your organization’s cybersecurity gates? We understand how complex and challenging this job has become. Constantly fixing security loopholes is not the easiest of tasks. Reports of data breaches trigger a measure of fear in network professionals. However, knowing potential cyber threats and their impact helps you in implementing the right security solutions.  

5 Most Feared Data Breaches in US (so far)

#1. Twitter | High-profile user information leaked

Twitter was trending on July 15th, 2020 for all the wrong reasons. Personalities such as Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos experienced a data breach. This was one of the biggest social media cyberattacks of all time, targeting famous personalities. Twitter sprung to action and implemented the right solution, but it couldn’t stop the criminals from swindling $120,000 worth of Bitcoin in over 300 transactions.  

How could this affect you?

Personal information of high-profile US citizens such as email accounts, address books, private messages, and audio/video from private chats of up to 8 individuals were leaked. This information is a gold mine for attackers who wait for just the right opportunity to misusit.  

#2. Marriott International | 5.2 Million Guests Data Siphoned Off

Marriott International suffered a data breach in mid-January. According to Marriott, hackers obtained login details of two of their employees and siphoned off data for 5.2 million guests. Personal details such as loyalty account numbers, birthdates, telephone numbers, and language preferences might have been compromised 

How could this affect you?

Marriott first experienced a data breach in 2018, and the second one came just 2 years laterThe hospitality industry has suffered a major blow due to lack of tourism activity in 2020. A security breach at a global chain further adds suspicion in the minds of travelers of whether their personal information will remain private. 

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#3. Zoom | 500,000 Stolen Account and Passwords

Zoom is one of the most used video chat platforms, especially in these pandemic times. In April, news broke of 500,000 Zoom passwords going up for sale on the dark web. The compromised passwords, account information, email addresses, personal meeting URLs, and HostKeys were all up for grabs earlier this year.  

How could this affect you?

For one, you don’t want a hacker to pop in your private Zoom meeting. Zoom is used by several organizations, educational institutes, industries, and individuals for business and personal meetings. It doesn’t seem like the accounts were compromised due to a cyber attack or a data breach in Zoom’s infrastructure. The attackers carried out credential stuffing attacks on the available data.  

There are several organizations with strong endpoint protections which makes it almost impenetrable for attackers. What about beyond the firewall? The credential stuffing attacks highlight the importance of being vigilant not just within the firewall, but also proactively monitoring the open network for potentially compromising data. 

#4. Magellan Health | Personal Information of Employees

A Fortune 500 insurance companyMagellan Health reported a data breach and ransomware attack in April 2020. According to the company’s website, “Magellan empowers 1 in 10 Americans.” A phishing email impersonating a Magellan client gained unauthorized access to their systems. The data breach affected some of the current employees and their personal information such as login credentials, passwords, employee IDs, names, addresses, and social security numbers.  

How could this affect you?

A company that empowers 1 in 10 Americans with insurance has a data breach, isn’t it more than just a minor inconvenience? Thieves making off with personal information can easily manipulate not just the company but also the affected victims. Healthcare companies are focused on fighting the global pandemic, but failing to prioritize vulnerability management could open loopholes for data breaches.  

#5. Ambry Genetics | 233,000 Individual Medical Records

A California based testing lab, Ambry Genetics, reported a data breach in March of this year. The breach exposed personal health information of about 233,000 people. The details included their names, medical information, social security numbers, and customer’s information regarding their use of genetic services.  

How could this affect you?

Personal information in the hands of cyber thieves can be used to steal a person’s insurance claims and send out extortion emails. Such a compromise in the healthcare industry directly translates to losing the customer’s trust and credibility. Cyber attackers are constantly look for innovative ways to exploit and misuse valuable healthcare information. Apart from severe losses to brand reputationHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) fines are hefty as well.  

What If You Could See the Threat Actors Coming?

Industries such as hospitality, healthcare, social media, and communications impact millions of lives, and there’s a massive amount of sensitive data that is hanging on a thread for many. Netenrich’s Attack Surface Intelligence (ASI) is designed to bolster your security posture by providing a hacker’s view of your infrastructure. It’s powered by automated discovery and expert-vetted remediation recommendations to help you fix code repositories, hard to track risks, expired certificates, open port management, and much more 

The constantly evolving technology landscape can bombard your security teams and there’s a race against time to fix cyber loopholes. Why let the gap diminish your security measures?  

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Sneden Michael

Sneden is a experienced writer who enjoys the process of creating compelling copies. He believes that geek talk is no good unless converted into actionable content. Sneden feels that the world is best explored through the eyes of Google Street View.

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