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March 8, 2017

February 2017: Breaches increase, scattered across many industries

By Lookout

Lookout tracks breaches related to companies and services that may impact customers with our Breach Report feature. Breach Report looks at the largest companies globally, and reports on those breaches to provide  customers the most relevant information. It also provides remediation actions to help keep them safe. Interested in getting Breach Report? Upgrade to Premium now.
Attackers successfully breached 15 companies from a wide range of industries including retail, transportation, government services, hospitality, technology, gaming, and more. Among them, the biggest names included popular music festival Coachella, restaurant chain Arby’s, and the InterContinental Hotel Group. In the process, attackers were able to compromise nearly 7 million accounts, according to public reports of these incidents.
Though there was a large distribution of impacted industries this month, two familiar trends occurred. First, we saw yet another successful attack against a healthcare institution. Second, attackers put point-of-sale systems in their crosshairs again, this time impacting Arby’s. We saw a large number of attacks against healthcare institutions and point-of-sale systems in 2016, a trend that has seemingly stuck.
The types of data stolen
In February, customer names, as well as email addresses both topped the list as the most-often stolen pieces of data, each impacting roughly 46 percent of the companies. Attackers also stole passwords in 26 percent of the breaches, as well as financial information in 26 percent of the breaches. In the case of CloudPets, a company that creates stuffed animals that can send and receive voice messages, criminals stole nearly 2.2 million voice recordings from kids and parents, in addition to over 820,000 email addresses.
Staying safe
Watch out for phishing attacks. In many cases, criminals will use contact information as a way to gain more sensitive information. If your email or phone number is stolen, watch for suspicious emails and text messages that seem to be asking for more information that you’re comfortable giving. You can always contact the company in question directly if you’re ever worried.
Companies will also periodically put out new information about a breach via blog post or email, or even offer a telephone number (or other form of contact) to impacted customers. Take advantage of the opportunity to gather as much information about the situation as possible.
When financial information is in question, it’s important that data breach victims monitor their bank accounts and credit cards for fraudulent activity. Contact your bank or credit provider if you see anything that looks odd.
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3 comments


Jeremy Valenzuela says:

March 14, 2017 at 12:57 pm

I work for Arby's and have noticed questionable activity on my card and have yet to b informed by Arby's.


Bessie Y Lively says:

March 14, 2017 at 12:50 pm

I am no longer comfortable with your services after reading the article on fraudulent actions during the month of February. I will be requesting cancellation of my lookout subscription in the near future.


Meghan Kelly says:

March 20, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Hi Bessie, I want to clarify: The breaches in this blog post are not about Lookout, but rather they are about other companies that have experienced data breaches. We track data breaches through our Breach Report feature (https://www.lookout.com/products/personal) and write about what we see. Hope this helps! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our support team: support [at] lookout [dot] com


Barry Cutler says:

March 14, 2017 at 10:05 am

I have been using Lookout for a while, and I am very satisfied with my choice. My comment/question is this Lookout linked to any password site? Seems to that there is a natural relationship there. If so, what is its name, if not what password protector do you suggest using? Fpr the record, OISafe is the password app, I use. Thanks, Barry


Meghan Kelly says:

March 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm

Hey Barry, we do not current integrate with a password manager or service. We do not currently have a specific vendor that we recommend, but using a password manager generally is a great idea!