Expert Analsysis Of US Defense Agency Says Personal Data ‘Compromised’ In 2019 Data Breach

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A U.S. defense agency charged with providing information technology and communications support to the U.S. government, including the president and other senior officials, says its network may have been compromised “in a data breach” on a system hosted by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). It’s believed Social Security numbers and other sensitive personal data and information may have been taken in the data breach between May and July 2019, but it’s not known if the data was stored on a classified system.


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Tal Zamir, Founder and CTO,  Hysolate
February 24, 2020
But they're still using the same techniques to get their way in - though endpoints.
For years we had been seeing the number of days it takes to identify a breach reduce year over year, but just this year that number climbed again and it's because attackers are getting better and smarter at covering their tracks. But they're still using the same techniques to get their way in - though endpoints. Once an attacker has made their way onto an endpoint, it's far too easy for them to ga ....
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David Emm, Principal Security Researcher ,  Kaspersky
February 24, 2020
A third of businesses (31%) and charities (32%) in the UK have carried out a cybersecurity risk assessment.
The news that a US Government agency has been breached highlights that no organisation, authoritative body, business or individual is immune from cyberattacks. And with our recent research showing that less than a third of businesses (31%) and charities (32%) in the UK have carried out a cybersecurity risk assessment in the last 12 months, this should serve as a stark wake-up call. There are ways ....
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Rosa Smothers, SVP of Cyber Operations,  KnowBe4
February 24, 2020
No doubt this was a state-sponsored activity; this breach will be used to further target DISA employees.
It’s a painful irony that the agency charged with providing secure comms for the White House has fallen victim to a data breach. Though a lot of employee information may have been disclosed during the OPM hack, this will disclose vital PII of employees hired since then. No doubt this was a state-sponsored activity; this breach will be used to further target DISA employees with admin access to hi ....
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Ilia Kolochenko, Founder and CEO,  ImmuniWeb
February 21, 2020
Worse, access to personal data of the agency staff greatly facilitates a wide spectrum of sophisticated spear-phishing.
The details of the reported breach are pretty obscure. At first glance, just one system hosting employee data had been breached and, if so, it seems to be a comparatively insignificant security incident of minor importance. However, an in-depth investigation should be urgently conducted to ascertain whether other systems or devices have been impacted. Frequently, nation-state attackers commence t ....
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