News and Updates on Information Technology

United States – University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB)

Exploit: Ransomware
University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB): Institution of Higher Learning

Risk to Small Business: 2.412 = Severe

The Clop ransomware gang had a banner week. UMB is one of at least 6 US colleges that they’ve hit successfully in the past week after gaining access to systems at data transfer and processing behemoth Accellion in late 2020. Here’s the full list of impacted colleges. At UMB, the gang snatched an assortment of student and staff data including federal tax documents, requests for tuition remission paperwork, applications for the Board of Nursing, passports, ID data and tax summary documents.

Individual Risk: 2.309 = Severe

The saff data featured lists of individuals and their Social Security numbers, retirement documentation, and 2019/2020 benefit enrollment and adjustment requests. In the student data batch, the gang scored photos, dates of birth, home addresses, passport numbers, immigration status, names of individuals and Social Security numbers. 

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: This is a textbook illustration of what happens when one of your business partners, suppliers or service providers has a data breach – cybercriminals get a le up on breaking into your systems too.