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Canada – The Beer Store

Exploit: Malware attack

Data Deposit Box: Retail outlet

Risk to Small Business: 2.187 = Severe

Cybercriminals infiltrated The Beer Store’s website and injected payment skimming malware into its online store. The online store allowed customers to place orders for pickup or delivery, two critical features as social distancing measures keep shoppers at home. This breach removed The Beer Store’s ability to accept payments via credit card, which could significantly impact its bottom line during this already challenging time.

Individual Risk: 2.311 = Severe

Although the company quickly detected the intrusion and closed its online store, anyone who made an online purchase before the threat was identified likely had their payment credential compromised – including all sensitive identification and financial information entered during the checkout process. Those impacted should notify their financial institutions of the breach while also taking steps to secure their accounts and personal details from misuse.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Customers are increasingly unwilling to do business with companies that can’t protect their personal information. At the same time, privacy regulators are backing them up, collectively ensuring that companies have millions of reasons to execute on this mission critical priority.