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Exploit:Compromise of login details.Early Warning Network (EWN):Emergency weather alert system of Australia.
Risk to Small Business:2.555 = Moderate:
Interestingly enough, the hack involved an unauthorized individual posting a spam message with a link to some customers stating that "EWN has been hacked. Your personal data is not safe. Trying to fix the security issues." Yet the system did not store personal information and only a small portion of the database received the alert, which means that there should be limited repercussions for EWN. At the same time, investigations are still ongoing with the Australian Cyber Security Center.
Individual Risk:3 = Moderate: Fortunately, no sensitive data was compromised since the actual data held in the system was “just ‘white pages’ type data”, as indicated by managing director Kerry Plowright. Nevertheless, the responsible party and their motive has not been identified.
Customers Impacted:None. How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business:The absence of personal information exposure is encouraging, but it is still alarming that the system was compromised and a message was sent to customers. As cybersecurity awareness continues to rise in Australia, public perceptions are gravitating towards fear and increased vigilance. Small businesses must partner with security solutions and communicate their commitment to avoiding data breaches in order to attract, convert, and retain customers.ID Agent to the Rescue:See why Peter Verlezza, Managing Director at SMB Networks, uses Dark Web ID and SpotLight ID to monitor real-time domain and login credentials: “I’m already helping to protect my customers with real-time domain monitoring provided by Dark Web ID. By protecting the people who work for those customers with the affordable and government-tested personal identity monitoring SpotLight ID delivers, I know my customer’s business is that much safer from potential breach”.
Risk Levels:1 - 1.5 = Extreme Risk1.51 - 2.49 = Severe Risk2.5 - 3 = Moderate Risk*The risk score is calculated using a formula that considers a wide range of factors related to the assessed breach.