Week 43 Cyberattack Digest 2019 – Kalispell Regional Healthcare, Avast, San Bernardino City Unified School District and others

We have found some hot cyberattack news for you, and we hope you have a little time to read our week 43 cyberattack digest.

Data of 130,000 Kalispell Regional Healthcare patients is exposed in a hack

by MTPR – 22 October, 2019

Last Tuesday, Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) publicly disclosed that that an email data breach that took place this summer may have put at risk the personal healthcare data of about 130,000 patients.

It was said that hackers might have gained access to such critical information as names, addresses, social security numbers and personal medical information. The breach was presumably performed on May 24.

According to KRH spokesperson Mellody Sharpton, the traces of the security incident were noticed in late August. The organization then decided to wait until a forensic investigation determined the scope of the breach before sending out notifications to the affected patients.

“Different information may have been involved for each person, but all notified individuals are being offered complementary fraud consultation and identify theft restoration services. The notification letters may also offer affected individuals 12 months of complementary monitoring services,” Mellody Sharpton said.

Czech-based Avast falls victim of a cyber incident 

by Reuters – 21 October, 2019

Czech-based Avast and Czech counterintelligence service BIS announced last Monday that an attack on the cybersecurity had been detected. Experts say that the malicious actions might have been performed by Chinese hackers. The suspicious behavior was noticed by Avast IT team on September 23 and immediately after that the company opened an investigation with the BIS and Czech police and an external forensics team engaged.

“Everything from data analysis so far suggests that the attack came from China, with the intention to take control of the popular optimization tool CCleaner, and through that also users’ computers,” BIS commented.

The company said it had updated the software after making sure no alterations had been made to the previous releases. It enabled a clean update of the product on October 15, which is currently available for users.

“Having taken all these precautions, we are confident to say that our CCleaner users are protected and unaffected,” Avast said. 

Ransomware affects San Bernardino City Unified School District

by abc7.com – 21 October, 2019

Schools often fall prey to attackers. The San Bernardino City Unified School District was targeted by hackers and faced difficulties gaining access to its computer network.

The district’s website was displaying a message saying that student and parent data was not accessed. But parents can’t contact teachers or staff via email until the problem is resolved. The issue that affected the district is a ransomware. The district says that its IT professionals are busy restoring the network.

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