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Japan – Shionogi & Company Limited

Exploit: Ransomware
Shionogi & Company Limited: Drugmaker 

Risk to Small Business: 2.211 = Severe

Healthcare and pharmaceutical targets were on every cybercriminal’s menu this week, including Japanese medical giant Shionogi & Company Limited. The company’s Taiwanese subsidiary experienced a data breach that included sensitive information but did not impact its COVID-19 vaccine development programs. Data including import licenses for medical equipment and employee residency permits was exposed on the Dark Web as proof of the attack by the hacking gang to support a ransom demand.

Individual Risk: No individual information was reported as impacted in this incident.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware typically arrives as the nasty cargo of a phishing email. Phishing is today’s biggest cybersecurity risk, and this kind of damage is exactly what makes it every IT professional’s nightmare.