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United States – CNY Works

Exploit: Ransomware
CNY Works: Employment Assistance Non-Profit

Risk to Small Business: 1.803 = Severe

Job seekers who used CNY Works as part of their search were recently informed that their personal information may have been compromised in a data breach caused by ransomware in December 2019. The agency noted that it had only begun notifying potentially affected clients in June 2020 because it did not discover that any personal information was affected until May 2020.

Individual Risk: 2.227 = Severe

Personally identifiable data including names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and Social Security numbers was compromised. CNY Works is offering all potentially affected clients a one-year membership in a service that helps prevent identity theft by detecting possible misuse of personal information.

Customers Impacted: 56,000

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: By taking so long to investigate the incident and warn potential victims, CNY Works has left them at risk for identity theft. Data that enables identity theft is a valuable commodity in Dark Web markets and travels quickly, enabling bad actors to open credit accounts with the stolen information.