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Canada – Communauto

Exploit: Ransomware
Communauto: Car Sharing Service 

Risk to Small Business: 1.1918 = Severe

A ransomware attack brought many of Communauto’s business side activities to a halt, causing delays in the management of accounts payable and invoicing. Proprietary data and some client PII was stolen, but no user credit card data was impacted. The company elected to pay the ransom and announced that the gang had agreed to destroy the information.

Individual Risk: 2.033 = Severe

The personal information of some of its clients, including member numbers, names, email addresses, street addresses and account identifying details was compromised. Clients of Communauto should be wary of possible spear phishing attempts.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware threats have grown as the economy has contracted, leaving ransomware gangs to look farther afield for targets. They’re aided and abetted by huge lists of passwords that give hackers what they need to find and exploit security weaknesses to slip malware into systems.