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Australia – Isentia

Exploit: Ransomware
Isentia – Media Monitoring Firm

Risk to Small Business: 1.775 = Severe

Analytics and media monitoring firm Isentia, the company that provides media services for much of the Australian government, has been hit by a cyberattack, likely ransomware. Customers lost access to the company’s service portal that connects them with media reporting on them, issues of interest to them, and journalists. The incident is under investigation, with no clear diagnosis of what if any data was stolen. Isentia holds sensitive information for powerful public figures as part of its media services operations.

Individual Risk: Isentia has not released information about potentially stolen personal information or customer data exposure.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Stolen personal data including exposed credentials is readily available in Dark Web markets and data dumps, opening victims of data theft up to future cybercrime.