Exploit: Unsecured database
Wappalyzer: Technographics data provider
Risk to Small Business: 2.417 = Severe
On January 20, 2020, hackers copied data from an exposed database containing customers’ personal details. Now, Wappalyzer customers are receiving emails from hackers offering to sell the database for $2,000 in Bitcoin. The company downplayed the incident, claiming that the information was from an old database from its previous website. However, the details were valid enough that hackers were able to communicate with customers directly. As a best-case scenario, this incident is a PR disaster for the company, but the consequences could become more onerous.
Individual Risk: 2.883 = Moderate
Wappalyzer contends that the exposed database doesn’t include customers’ personal data. Even so, because hackers have access to users’ email addresses, those impacted by the breach should be especially vigilant about assessing incoming messages for potential spear phishing messages that could compromise even more sensitive personal data.
Customers Impacted: Unknown
How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Data breaches do serious damage to a company’s reputation. Customers and business partners are increasingly unwilling to work with companies that are stained by a data security incident. When coupled with expanding privacy regulations and soaring costs, today’s companies have millions of reasons to secure their customers’ data.