State of (in)security - Week 41

published: Oct. 16, 2023

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In the week between Oct. 9, 2023, midnight and Oct. 16, 2023, midnight we witnessed a total of:
  • 11 advisory/vulnerability events
  • 23 incident/data breach events

Week over Week comparison of week 41 vs week 40 is a slight deterioration:

We also shared 3 practical knowledge items
Total impacted individuals via the events of the week

There were a total of 1,112,330 impacted individuals across 8 incidents, with the largest breach being the French gaming platform Shadow reports data breach of customer data incident exposing 530,000 individuals. Since not all incidents report a number of impacted individuals, the real number is definitely higher than that.

Cause breakdown of incidents
Cause Number of incidents
ransomware 8
third party breach 2
social engineering, ransomware 1
Industry breakdown of incidents
Industry Number of incidents
Healthcare 5
Government 3
IT/Software/Technology 3
Education 3
Manufacturing 2
Construction 2
Transport/Logistics 1
Consulting/Professional Services 1
Energy 1
Entertainment/Leisure 1
Aviation 1


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State of (in)security - Week 41