Major Cyber Attacks, Data Breaches, Ransomware Attacks
October 18, 2023
October 18, 2023
Massive ransomware attacks on MGM and Caesars Entertainment clearly dominated all conversations about cybersecurity in September 2023.
Attacks on casinos and hotels always get a more than fair share of attention – they’re dramatic, involve a lot of money, cause direct inconvenience to customers, make for interesting press – all the pandemonium that cyber criminals tend to love. No wonder casino heists also form the plots of several potboilers.
Yet, while these attacks were the most spoken of – they were far, far from being the only samples of cyber crime in the month gone by. Schools, city councils, kids snacks, government ministries, healthcare organisations, dating apps, electricity grids, charitable organisations and crypto businesses are just some of the many victims that emerged through our research. Airbus, SONY, Air Canada, Pizza Hut Australia and even Save the Children were compromised in one way or the other.
The alarming thing here is that of all these big names were breached in just one month – such is the rapid rise in the rate of cyber crime across the globe.
Nobody and we mean absolutely nobody can now afford to be relaxed about their cybersecurity. It’s time to gather forces, ramp up protection and bolster defences with urgency.
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MGM Resorts International disclosed that it was dealing with a cybersecurity issue that impacted some of its systems, including its main website, online reservations, and in-casino services, like ATMs, slot machines, and credit card machines.
In the world of cybercrime, ransomware attackers know how to catch businesses off guard to extort the maximum amount of money from their target. Traditional defences alone simply aren’t enough to fend off attacks around the clock.
Common cybersecurity measures, such as firewalls and antivirus software, act like a thick wall around your business. They do a great job of defending from threats, so long as there are guards around to actively keep a lookout. , your business is more vulnerable to attack. That’s why ransomware actors strike under the cover of darkness
Minneapolis Public Schools has begun notifying more than 100,000 people that their personal information may have been leaked after a cyber attack earlier this year. The Medusa ransomware group claimed the attack on March 7, demanding $1 million to decrypt MPS systems. The school district did not pay up and ten days later the gang leaked data — including what appeared to be highly sensitive student files — and it posted a 51-minute video that included screenshots of the allegedly stolen information.