Breach Week Cyber Security | Computer Rescue

Who Breached This Week? 19/02/20 – 25/02/20

United Kingdom – ISS

Exploit: Ransomware
ISS: Cleaning, catering, and security services provider

gauge Risk to Small Business: 2.333 = Severe:  A ransomware attack has caused an extensive and elongated network outage at ISS. The attack brought down the company’s network on February 17th and (at the time of writing) many services are still disrupted. Forty-three thousand staff members are without email. An email outage can cause a serious business disruption leading to project delays and missed opportunities that can’t be recovered. ISS now faces an uphill and expensive battle to restore its damaged IT infrastructure, while navigating the consequences of reduced employee productivity.


Individual Risk: At this time, no personal information was compromised in the breach.

 Customers Impacted: 43,000

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Although this incident has not immediately resulted in data loss, the loss of business advancement caused by the breach can never be recovered. Cybercriminals often steal company data before encrypting IT infrastructure. This compounds the consequences of a ransomware attack, especially for companies governed by data privacy regulations that can cause them to run afoul of the latest guidelines. When it comes to ransomware attacks, the only adequate response is a proactive one that prevents the malware from taking root in the first place.

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United Kingdom – Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

Exploit: Ransomware
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council: Local municipality and resort town government

gauge Risk to Small Business: 2.111 = Severe:  A ransomware attack has disabled nearly all online services for this UK-based resort town government. Employees are unable to access appointment software, planning documents, citizen complaint systems, and other critical functions – causing delays in municipal services and distress to the public. Even if it avoids paying the ransom, this municipality will still be plagued by productivity losses and other expenses that promise to make this attack a costly cybersecurity incident.


Individual Risk: At this time, no personal information was compromised in the breach.

Customers Impacted: 135,000

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Cybercriminals are increasingly using ransomware attacks to target vulnerable organizations, especially systems with outdated technology or lax cybersecurity standards. These attacks were already incredibly costly, but many criminals have begun stealing and releasing company data before encrypting a network. This compounds the cost and raises the stakes for achieving a robust defensive posture that can address these attacks.

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