Recent Cyber Security Breaches: LinkedIn, Facebook and More

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As a managed IT service provider it is important to us to make sure to stay in know about the latest cyber security breaches. Every few weeks we like to share our findings with you here on our blog. Please take a peek below to learn more about some of the most recent cyber security attacks here and around the world.

University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) (United States)

Institution of Higher Learning

The Hack: Ransomware

Quick Summary: “The Clop ransomware gang had a banner week. UMB is one of at least 6 US colleges that they’ve hit successfully in the past week after gaining access to systems at data transfer and processing behemoth Accellion in late 2020. Here’s the full list of impacted colleges. At UMB, the gang snatched an assortment of student and staff data including federal tax documents, requests for tuition remission paperwork, applications for the Board of Nursing, passports, ID data and tax summary documents.” -ID Agent

Read More Here >> University of Maryland Student Data Exposed by Cyber Attack


LinkedIn (United States)

Social Media Network

The Hack: Hacking

Quick Summary: “Bad actors have dropped notice that they’ve obtained an archive containing data purportedly scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles. A sample of data was posted on a popular hacker forum, with another 2 million records leaked as proof of the haul. More than 780,000 email addresses are associated with this leak. The initial listing contained 4 archives, but after LinkedIn denied the data breach, threat actors updated their ad to include 6 additional archives that allegedly include 327 million scraped LinkedIn profiles, putting the overall number of scraped profiles at 827 million including potential duplicates.” -ID Agent

Read More Here >> Scraped data of 500 million LinkedIn users being sold online, 2 million records leaked as proof


National College of Ireland (United Kingdom)

Institution of Higher Learning

The Hack: Hacking

Quick Summary: “Ransomware shut down operations briefly at the National College of Ireland (NCI). School officials announced significant disruption to IT services that has impacted a number of college systems, including Moodle, the Library service and the current students’ MyDetails service. Access to NCI’s IT systems was suspended and the campus building is also currently closed to both students and staff until IT services are restored. The Tallaght campus of the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) was also impacted in a similar attack.” -ID Agent

Read More Here >> Ransomware hits TU Dublin and National College of Ireland


Facebook (United States)

Social Media Company

The Hack: Hacking

Quick Summary: “A treasure trove of Facebook user data landed in a hacking forum over the weekend. Hackers dropped a slew of PII on Facebook users including phone numbers and some contact information of hundreds of millions of users for free online. A Facebook spokesperson told Insider that the data was scraped due to a vulnerability that the company patched in 2019.” -ID Agent

Read More Here >> 533 million Facebook users’ phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online


Royal Dutch Shell (The Netherlands)

Oil Company

The Hack: Ransomware

Quick Summary: “The Clop ransomware gang is going to need a vacation after this week. They also struck gold at Royal Dutch Shell, scooping up an assortment of business documents and posting a sample on their leak site. Once again, the gangs foray into Accellion paid off, enabling them to gain access to Royal Dutch Shell. Spokesmen for the company admit that data was stolen but are not saying that this was a ransomware hit, although that is this gang’s stock in trade.” -ID Agent

Read More Here >> After oil giant Shell hit by Clop ransomware gang, workers’ visas dumped online as part of extortion attempt


Fat Face (United Kingdom)

Clothing Retailer

The Hack: Malware

Quick Summary: “Retail boutique Fat Face has disclosed that it experienced a data breach in January. According to the shop a third party accessed data, probably through malware, and obtained some employee and customer information. The incident is still under review.” -ID Agent

Read More Here >> British Clothing Retailer Fat Face Discloses Data Breach


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