News and Updates on Information Technology

United States – Arbiter Sports

Exploit: Ransomware
Arbiter Sports: Sports Software and Services Provider 

Risk to Small Business: 1.301 = Extreme

Arbiter Sports, a software provider for many athletic associations including the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) experienced a ransomware attack that led to significant data loss. The shifting story ultimately crystallized into the company paying the ransom to have data freed from what it classifies as a backup server containing a database of more than 540,000 540,000 of its registered members — consisting of referees, league officials, and school representatives. The data was from several applications and records including ArbiterOne, ArbiterGame, and even ArbiterWorks.

Individual Risk: 1.816 = Severe

Arbiter Sports said the backups contained sensitive information about users who registered on these web apps, such as account usernames, passwords, real names, addresses, dates of birth, email addresses, and Social Security numbers. Social Security numbers and passwords were encrypted. The company paid the ransom, but the data could have still been copied. Users should be aware of the potential for identity theft or spear phishing using this information.

Customers Impacted: 540,000+

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware is every company’s worst nightmare. Even when a company pays the ransom, there’s no guarantee that the encrypted data wasn’t copied or resold before it was released by the cybercriminals.