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Canada – Heartland Farm Mutual

Exploit: Email Account Compromise 
Heartland Farm Mutual: Insurance Company 

Risk to Small Business: 2.335 = Severe

An unknown actor gained unauthorized access to an employee email account and all of the information it contained. Heartland Farm Mutual, a provider of agricultural insurance, announced that a small number of clients may have had their personal data exposed in the incident. The company has announced that the incident was contained quickly and that they’re bringing in an outside firm to investigate the breach.

Individual Risk: 2.717 = Moderate

Customers who corresponded with the affected account had personal information exposed. The company claims to have notified everyone who may have had information compromised, offering them credit monitoring for a year.  

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Email compromise is often the result of a successful phishing attack. Phishing is the top menace of 2020 and is, unfortunately, more effective against remote workers. Cybercriminals are using a huge variety of means to attempt phishing attacks and constantly changing tactics.