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October 14, 2022: Ransomware Attack Cripples Printing Systems at German Newspaper

Printing presses halted and workers all sent to work from home after ransomware encrypts all systems at German newspaper ‘Heilbronn Stimme’.

July 16, 2021: RansomEXX Attacks CNT Telecommunications in Ecuador

Ecuador's state-run Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicación (CNT) has suffered a ransomware attack that has disrupted business operations, the payment portal, and customer support.

BleepingComputer has learned that the attack was conducted by a ransomware operation known as RansomEXX. Additionally the site reported they contacted CNT with further questions but 'have not received a response at this time."

October 25, 2022: Apparently Unsuccesful Cyberattack at Arvig Communications.

Arvig experienced a network-wide service outage affecting nearly all of its customers statewide. Beginning at approximately 6:45 a.m., internet, television and most voice services unexpectedly went down. The outage was the result of an apparently unsuccessful cyberattack. The threat was eliminated and services were restored within a matter of hours. 'Though our investigation of this matter is still in its early stages, to our knowledge at this time, no customer data was exposed, accessed or lost as a result of this attack." Arvig said in a statement.

August 20, 2022: Hive Ransomware Group Attacks Canadian Bell Technical Solutions (BTS)

The Hive ransomware gang claimed responsibility for an attack that hit the systems of Bell Canada subsidiary Bell Technical Solutions (BTS). BTS is currently investigating the incident with the help of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's cybercrime unit.

Ransomware group Hive has accessed scores of personal information belonging to Bell’s employees, including files relating to finances, recruitment, birthdays, and COVID-19 information, along with other data.

December 16, 2017: Hackers Hit Nuance Communications Again 6 Months After NotPetya

A recent SEC filing by the voice and language tool vendor outlined a December cyberattack, which impacted the records of 45,000 individuals. While the company was still working to dig out of the June NotPetya incident, a hacker got into a single transcription platform and accessed the records of 45,000 individuals. Officials said they promptly shut down the platform, and the incident was contained to one platform.

June 27, 2017: Nuance Communications Cyberattack Results in $98M Revenue Loss

Nuance Communications, a major voice and language tool vendor, lost $98 million in revenue as a direct result of falling victim to the global NotPetya attack in June 2017, according to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing. That number is projected to increase as they move into 2018 to enhance and upgrade its security.

September 10, 2022: 2nd Singtel Business hit by Cyberattack – Dialog Group’s Data Leaked

The Dialog Group, an Australia-based IT services consulting company, has been hit by a cybersecurity attack. The second Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) owned business to report a breach in over two weeks. Singtel stated t​here is no evidence there is any link between this incident and the recent Optus cyberattack. Dialog’s systems are completely independent from NCS, Optus and Singtel.

An unauthorized third party may have accessed company data, potentially affecting fewer than 20 clients and 1,000 current Dialog employees as well as former employees.

September 22, 2022: Optus, Aussie Telecom Firm, Hit In Cyberattack

Optus, the Australian unit of telecoms firm Singapore Telecommunications is investigating the unauthorized access of current and former customers’ information.
Optus said in a statement it had immediately shut down the attack after discovering it, and that payment details and account passwords had not been compromised.
However, information that may have been exposed include customers’ names, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses, and, for a subset of customers, addresses, ID document numbers such as driver’s license or passport numbers.

August 28, 2022: Russian Streaming Giant Suffers Major Data Leak Impacting 44M Customers

Russian streaming giant START said on Sunday that the personal information of its customers was leaked during a cyberattack. The company did not disclose how many users were affected by the breach. The Russian Telegram channel Information Leaks — which first publicized the incident — reports the 72 GB database contains data on 44 million customers. The leaked information includes usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords, IP addresses, users’ countries of registration, subscription start and end dates, and the last login to the service.

START, which sells films and TV shows in more than 174 countries, is one of many Russian companies that have suffered data leaks and hacks following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The data breach allegedly affects viewers worldwide, including 24.6 million users from Russia, 2.3 million from Kazakhstan, 2.1 million from China, and 1.7 million from Ukraine.

February 24, 2022: Update on Viasat Cyberattack

Satellite communications giant Viasat said a “multifaceted and deliberate” attack hit “several thousand” customers in Ukraine the same day Russia attacked in February.
The Feb. 24 incident, which also hit tens of thousands of other fixed broadband customers across Europe, was localized to a single consumer-oriented partition of the KA-SAT network operated on Viasat’s behalf by a Eutelsat subsidiary, Skylogic.
A targeted denial of service attack (DoS) first ended up discovered after high volumes of focused, malicious traffic made it difficult for modems to remain online, said Viasat’s incident summary. The traffic emanated from several SurfBeam2 and SurfBeam 2+ modems and/or associated customer premise equipment physically located within Ukraine.

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