State of (in)security - Week 42

published: Oct. 23, 2023

Take action: Procrastination in security fixes doesn't make things easier. Hackers are activelly attacking old vulnerabilities that too many people have just ignored or not updated.

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

Week over Week comparison of week 42 vs week 41 is things getting worse:

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

There were a total of 5,184,594 impacted individuals across 10 incidents, with the largest breach being the Second potential data breach at 23andMe incident exposing 4,000,000 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 5
email guessing 1
phishing 1
server misconfiguration 1
compromised support account 1
unpatched software vulnerability 1
email account breach 1
Industry breakdown of incidents
Industry Number of incidents
Healthcare 8
Finance 5
IT/Software/Technology 5
Government 5
Insurance 2
Entertainment/Leisure 2
Manufacturing 2
Retail 1
Education 1
Construction 1



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State of (in)security - Week 42