Week 45 Cyberattack Digest 2019 – Boardriders Inc., InterMed, Kudankulam nuclear power plant and others

As the time passes by, the new attacks take place. And here is a new compilation of the recent cyber incidents in our cyberattack digest week 45.

Not the best time for purchasing surfing equipment 

by SiliconANGLE – 7 November, 2019 

Well, surfing equipment manufacturer are not frequent victims of hackers. Nonetheless, Boardriders Inc., the owner of the worldwide renowned brands, Billabong and Quicksilver, has recently suffered a cyber incident — just before the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

About two weeks ago, the manufacturer experienced a breach performed by a third party. The malware that was used by a hacker disabled international operations, information technology systems, communications, and sales and distribution networks of the company.

“Recently, Boardriders Inc. was exposed to an increasingly common computer virus that impacted some of our systems in some regions. Our IT teams have been working to quickly restore our systems to support our operations, which are now largely transacting and shipping normally,” the officials commented. 

According to Ilia Kolochenko, chief executive officer of web security company ImmuniWeb, there is nothing surprising in attacks against retailers and e-commerces that take place during pre-holiday season. What is more, these are likely the increase by the end of the year.

Details of 30,000 InterMed patients might have been exposed 

by Washington Times – 7 November, 2019 

A health care provider from Portland, Maine, was targeted in a hack. According to the experts’ estimations, the cyber incident might have compromised the records of some 30,000 patients. InterMed officials revealed that an unauthorized malefactor managed to get access to the email account of an employee back in the beginning of September.

The Portland Press Herald informs that the hacked account may have stored patients’ names, birth dates, health insurance information and the Social Security numbers for 155 people.

According to InterMed spokesperson John Lamb, all the affected patients were warned about the recent security issue after a “manual review of all potentially impacted files” was conducted by an independent forensics team. 

InterMed CEO Dan McCormack commented that the attacked organization is currently “accelerating plans already underway to strengthen our security.”

Indian government confirms the attack on Kudankulam nuclear power plant 

by SC Media – 5 November, 2019

Last week, is was officially confirmed that Indian Kudankulam nuclear power plant became a victim of cyberattackers.

The attack was reported by threat analyst Pukhraj Singh on September 3, but the incident was not confirmed by the government until last week.

North Korea is believed to stand behind the incident. During the investigation, Avast conducted an interview with Sing. The expert revealed that he did not actually discover the attack, but communicated with those who disclosed the malicious actions.

Currently, there are few details of the incident are available, but according to Singh, extremely mission critical targets were involved. Still, the Indian government said that the control systems of the plant were not affected by the incident.

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