U.S. data breaches Q3 2021

Identity Theft Resource Center to Share Latest Data Breach Analysis with U.S. Senate Commerce Committee; Number of Data Breaches in 2021 Surpasses all of 2020

The number of data breach victims dramatically increased in Q3 2021 due to a series of data exposures during the quarter 

SAN DIEGO, October 6, 2021 – Today, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization established to support victims of identity crime, released its U.S. data breach findings for the third quarter?(Q3)?of 2021. According to the data breach analysis,?the number of data breaches publicly-reported in the U.S. decreased nine (9) percent in Q3 2021 (446 breaches) compared to Q2 2021 (491 breaches). However, the number of data breaches through September 30, 2021 has exceeded the total number of events in Full-Year (FY) 2020 by 17 percent (1,291 breaches in 2021 compared to 1,108 breaches in 2020). The trendline continues to point to a record-breaking year for data compromises (the all-time high of 1,529 breaches was set in 2017). 

For Q3 2021, the number of data compromise victims (160 million) is higher than Q1 and Q2 2021 combined (121 million). The dramatic rise in victims is primarily due to a series of unsecured cloud databases, not data breaches. Also, the total number of cyberattack-related data compromises year-to-date (YTD) is up 27 percent compared to FY 2020. Phishing and Ransomware continue to be, far and away, the primary attack vectors. 

Download the ITRC’s 2021 Q3 Data Breach Analysis and Key Takeaways 

“While the total number of data breaches dropped slightly in Q3, we are only 238 data breaches away from tying the all-time record for data compromises in a single year,” said Eva Velasquez, President and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “It’s also interesting to note that the 1,111 data breaches from cyberattacks so far this year exceeds the total number of data compromises from all causes in 2020. Everyone needs to continue to practice good cyber-hygiene to protect themselves and their loved ones as these crimes continue to increase.” 

Other findings in the analysis include: 

  • There have been no publicly-reported data breaches to date in 2021 attributed to payment card skimming services.  
  • Some organizations and state agencies are not including specifics about data compromises or reporting them on a timely basis. One state has not posted a data breach notice since September 2020. 

Enhancing Data Security – U.S. Senate Committee Hearing – Oct. 6, 2021

The ITRC will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation today to present the findings from our Q3 Data Breach Analysis. Watch the hearing on enhancing data security live at 10 a.m. EST/7 a.m. PST.  ITRC COO, James E. Lee, issued a written statement for the record as part of a hearing with the U.S. Senate Committee. 

For more information about recent data breaches, or?the increase in the number of?data breaches discussed in?the?latest?trend analysis, consumers and businesses should visit the ITRC’s data breach tracking tool,?notified.??? 

Anyone?can receive free support and guidance from a knowledgeable live-advisor by calling 888.400.5530 or visiting ?www.idtheftcenter.org to live-chat.?? 

About the Identity Theft Resource Center

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC)?is a?national?nonprofit organization established to empower and guide consumers, victims, business and government to minimize risk and mitigate the impact of identity compromise and crime.?Through public and private support, the ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through?its website?live-chat?idtheftcenter.org?and?toll-free phone number 888.400.5530.?The ITRC also?equips?consumers and businesses?with?information about recent data breaches through its data breach tracking tool,?notified.?The ITRC offers help to specific?populations, including?the?deaf/hard of?hearing and?blind/low?vision?communities.? 

Joint Statement by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

Over the course of the past several days, the FBI, CISA, and ODNI have become aware of a significant and ongoing cybersecurity campaign. Pursuant to Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 41, the FBI, CISA, and ODNI have formed a Cyber Unified Coordination Group (UCG) to coordinate a whole-of-government response to this significant cyber incident. The UCG is intended to unify the individual efforts of these agencies as they focus on their separate responsibilities. This is a developing situation, and while we continue to work to understand the full extent of this campaign, we know this compromise has affected networks within the federal government.

As the lead for threat response, the FBI is investigating and gathering intelligence in order to attribute, pursue, and disrupt the responsible threat actors. The FBI is engaging with known and suspected victims, and information gained through FBI’s efforts will provide indicators to network defenders and intelligence to our government partners to enable further action.

As the lead for asset response activities, CISA took immediate action and issued an Emergency Directive instructing federal civilian agencies to immediately disconnect or power down affected SolarWinds Orion products from their network. CISA remains in regular contact with our government, private sector and international partners, providing technical assistance upon request, and making needed information and resources available to help those affected recover quickly from this incident. CISA is engaging with our public and private stakeholders across the critical infrastructure community to ensure they understand their exposure and are taking steps to identify and mitigate any compromises.

As the lead for intelligence support and related activities, ODNI is helping to marshal all of the Intelligence Community’s relevant resources to support this effort and share information across the United States Government.

To report suspicious or criminal activity related to information found in this statement, contact your local FBI field office at https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices. To request incident response resources or technical assistance related to this statement, visit https://www.us-cert.gov/report.

2020 Merchant Credit Card Data Breach List

Updated June 2020, not all inclusive. Is your business safe from a credit card data breach? The list below highlights some credit card data breaches and the primary cause at the time the data breach was announced. While malware reigns as a top cause of payment data breaches, employee theft is still a problem too. To make the list, typically companies are only listed if full card data is stolen.

Restaurants

January 2020- Landry’s owns over 600 popular American restaurants across the U.S., including Del Frisco’s Grill, Joe’s Crab Shack, Bubba Gump, Rainforest Café and more. This is the second data breach since 2016, a result a POS malware. Some waitstaff were accessing an old system with card swipers without end to end encryption. TIP: When updating systems, remove all old terminals from facility; leaving on site commonly leads to reuse. As a consumer, avoid any place that uses card swipers.

Retail & Ecommerce

January 2020: Hanna Andersson– online store malware Magecart in their Salesforce Commerce Cloud (previously known as Demandware). I loved this brand when my kids were growing up. Criminals are hacking into vulnerable e-commerce platforms used by online stores and inject malicious JavaScript-based scripts into checkout pages that collect the customers’ payment info and send it to attacker-controlled remote sites. This is an old problem that updated checkout code prevents.

March 18, 2020: TrueFire online store malware Magecart attack, stolen card numbers for 6 months. Ouch.

June 15, 2020: Claires online store only, Magecard attack. Uses Salesforce Commerce Cloud, previously known as Demandware. This appears to be a new twist on Magecart breach.

Technology

April 22, 2020 Paay, a NY card payments processor startup, left a database containing 2.5 million card transaction records accessible online without a password. The exposed payment transaction belonging to 15 to 20 merchants includes full plaintext credit card number, expiry date and the amount spent.

January 28, 2020 Cornerstone Payment Systems, Christian-friendly company that does “not process credit card transactions for morally objectionable businesses,” left online a database with customer payment transaction data. The database contained 6.7 million records since 2013, and was updating by the day. The database was not protected with a password, allowing anyone to look inside. While there was not full card data taken, I felt notable to list.

April 2020 nCourt runs two payment sites courtpay.org and utilitypay.org using a system called GovPSA. Only hashed data was stolen, but newsworthy because affected data was from a legacy system, which commonly have security issues. The first and last four digits were exposed with other card data from at least three years’ worth of transactions up to and including November 2019.

April 6, 2020: Key Ring, a digital wallet app, left stored customer data of 14 million users accessible in an unsecured database. Users store scans and photos of membership and loyalty cards to a digital folder in their mobile device. The exposed data includes names, full credit card details (including CVV numbers)

North Country Business Products (NCBP), a Minnesota-based provider of point-of-sale (POS) products, initial breach report roughly January 2, 2019 to January 25, though for most, the window is just a day or two. Mostly restaurants and small businesses, usually “level 4” merchants requiring a a PCI Council Qualified Integrators and Resellers for Point of Sale installation. QIRs are integrators and resellers specially trained by PCI Security Standards Council to address critical security controls while installing merchant payment systems. North Country Business Products has a lot of QIR’s. At least 139 impacted restaurants with credit card data breach dates here. NCBP POS systems are installed at over 6,500 locations.

Don’t be the next credit card data breach victim!

Christine Speedy is Qualified Integrator and Reseller certified by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council. QIRs are integrators and resellers specially trained by PCI Security Standards Council to address critical security controls while installing merchant payment systems. QIRs reduce merchant risk and mitigate the most common causes of payment data breaches by focusing on critical security controls. Call Christine for technology, merchant services and check processing needs.

GovPayNow.com Data Breach

Government Payment Service Inc., a company used by thousands of U.S. state and local governments to accept online payments, leaked over 14 million customer records, including names, addresses, phone numbers and the last four digits of the payer’s credit card. GovPayNet, doing business online as GovPayNow.com, did not leak any sensitive information, as the leak pertained to just customer credit card payment receipts, which has since been resolved.

For the full story, read it on Krebs Security https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/09/govpaynow-com-leaks-14m-records/.

 

[24]7.ai Issues Statement After Data Breach Affecting Delta & Sears

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — [24]7.ai discovered and contained an incident potentially affecting the online customer payment information of a small number of our client companies, and affected clients have been notified. The incident began on Sept. 26, and was discovered and contained on Oct. 12, 2017. We have notified law enforcement and are cooperating fully to ensure the protection of our clients and their customers’ online safety. We are confident that the platform is secure, and we are working diligently with our clients to determine if any of their customer information was accessed.

About [24]7.ai
[24]7.ai is redefining the way companies interact with consumers. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to understand consumer intent, the company’s technology helps companies create a personalized, predictive and effortless customer experience across all channels. The world’s largest and most recognizable brands are using intent-driven engagement from [24]7.ai to assist several hundred million visitors annually, through more than 1.5 billion conversations, most of which are automated. The result is an order of magnitude improvement in digital adoption, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth. For more information, visit: http://www.247.ai.

[24]7 and [24]7.ai are trademarks of [24]7.ai, Inc. All other brands, products or service names are or may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

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Information related to the statement from other sources is below. The company systems were not compromised, but rather they were all using [24]7.ai’s customer service chat widget to interact with customer service personnel, which can result in end users inputting payment card and other personal data.

Delta said a small number of its customers saw their payment information stolen by hackers. The company was alerted to the data breach last week. Sears also said under 100,000 card numbers were taken.

Service Provider [24]7.ai Breached, Leaking Customer Data from Delta Airlines, Sears, Kmart, and Best Buy

https://nypost.com/2018/04/04/delta-says-customers-payment-info-breached-in-cyberattack/

Delta Data Breach 2018: Was Your Payment Info Exposed?

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