SpearTip | September 9th, 2022


Savannah College of Art and Design, which serves 15,000+ students, experienced a ransomware attack resulting in the leak of sensitive personal information. This is yet another attack against the education sector as student data is quite valuable to threat actors (see #1).

Hive Ransomware Group strikes French clothier, Damart, and is extorting the company for a $2 Million dollar ransom payment in exchange for data decryption. Recent reports indicate that retailers have experienced a 75% increase in ransomware year-over-year.

A cyberattack perpetrated against Britain-based hospitality company, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), disrupted numerous IT systems, including booking services. As a result, travelers had trouble reserving a room at IHG’s many brands (Holiday Inn, Crowne).

One of Italy’s publically owned energy agencies, Gestore dei Servizi Energetici SpA (GSE), suffered a ransomware attack at the hand of BlackCat/ALPHV. This targeting of critical energy infrastructure comes just off the heels of another Italian energy agency breach.

Just weeks after returning to full-time operations, the Los Angeles Unified School District experienced a ransomware attack resulting in significant disruptions to various IT systems. It remains unclear exactly what and how much information may have been stolen.

Given the treacherous nature of the current threat landscape, entities in every industry need a robust cybersecurity plan that includes Rapid Incident Response capabilities, active endpoint monitoring and remediation by a team of 24×7 SOC engineers, and comprehensive Advisory Services to enact optimal cyber maturity.

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