News and Updates on Information Technology

United States – GEO Group

Exploit: Ransomware
GEO Group: Private Prison Developer 

Risk to Small Business: 2.066 = Severe

GEO Group has begun informing impacted individuals and facilities that the Florida-based prison developer was struck by ransomware in July 2020. The company notes that some personally identifiable information and protected health information for some inmates and residents was exposed in the incident. The impacted people connected to the South Bay Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility in Florida, a youth facility in Marienville Pennsylvania, and an unnamed defunct facility in California. Employee data was also obtained in the incident.

Individual Risk: 2.221 = Severe

Residents and former residents of the impacted facilities should be alert to spear phishing, identity theft, or blackmail attempts using the stolen data. Employees of GEO group should also be on the lookout for similar activity.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Failure to stop ransomware attacks from landing on your business is a fast track to a long, messy, and expensive recovery.