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Your Company’s Worst Nightmare Is A Cyber Hacker’s Dream Come True

By Hodgson Consulting & Solutions | July 18, 2019

Breach Alert:

According to cyware.com, Arlington County suffered a data breach that included an intrusion into its payroll system. (July, 2019) “Arlington County Department of Technology Services and the Arlington County Police Department launched a review and determined a phishing attack to be the reason behind the intrusion. The review revealed that only employee data has been compromised and no residents' data were involved.” (cyware, 2019) The root of the problem is believed to have been sourced by employees falling victim to the schemes of phishing emails. Arlington County officials reported the following to their local press: “As part of our education and crime prevention efforts, Arlington County is sharing cyber safety tips and reminding employees and the public not to open any emails from individuals they are unfamiliar with and to not click on links contained with any emails without first verifying their content.” (cyware, 2019)

While one team of hackers was infiltrating the payroll system in Arlington County, another was still capitalizing off of a breach that happened four years ago! Slack Technologies is a collaboration hub that is used as a common communication tool amongst teams to accomplish tasks and stay informed. “In 2015, the company said it was hit by hackers who gained access to its user profile database, including their scrambled passwords,” according to techcrunch.com. (2019) Four years later, the company is still having to reset the passwords of the reported 1% of accounts that were affected by 2015 data breach. As reported by techcrunch (2019) that 1% actually amounts to a whopping 65,000 accounts. This goes to show that once hackers get into a system, the damage is often widespread and ongoing.

How it Could Affect You:

Don’t give cyber criminals the leg up; don’t let them catch up with your guard down. While email phishing attacks seem like some of the oldest schemes of hackers, they are proven to still be effective. These attacks have evolved to look more genuine and in turn, have become very believable. It is easy for an employee or customer to fall victim to these kinds of attacks, especially when the proper monitoring is not in place. One missed judgement call from one innocently intended contact of your company, can put you in the position of cleaning up a hacker’s mess years down the road. It can be an unsuspecting as an off email, or as impactful as a payroll infiltration. The point is, once a cybercriminal is in, it can take a lot of time and effort to get them out! Take you company’s cyber security seriously and find out more today.

Hodgson Can Help:

Hodgson has both the knowledge and the services to protect your business. Here at Hodgson Consulting & Solutions, we specialize in securing data and information loss prevention for companies with multiple locations and/or a remote workforce. Contact us to receive a FREE Cyber Security Risk Assessment and learn more about our Managed Security Service Plans.

You don’t want your claim to fame, or your next big headline to be about cybercriminal catching you while you were sleeping. Wake up, and contact Hodgson today!

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