Exploit: Unauthorized email access.
Mermaids UK: Charity and advocacy organization supporting gender diverse and transgender youth in the UK.
Risk to Small Business: 1.555 = Severe Risk: 1,100 company emails containing sensitive, intimate details about their users were inadvertently accessed and shared on a private messaging group. The emails were related to the organization’s work between 2016 – 2017, and they were searchable under certain circumstances. Since the organization’s constituents are especially vulnerable, this data breach undermines their ability to carry out their mission, and it could negatively impact their ability to acquire the funding necessary to continue their work.
Individual Risk: 1.857 = Severe Risk: Although the charity contends that only the news organization that discovered the breach had accessed the emails, those impacted by the breach should not presume that it’s reach was so restricted. It’s possible that their names, addresses, and intimate details about their dealings with the organization were viewable in the breach.
Customers Impacted: Unknown
How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Every organization needs to prioritize their users’ data protection, and those serving vulnerable clients need to be especially diligent about this prerogative. In this case, insufficient security protocols could do considerable harm to those impacted, something that is both unacceptable and unnecessary. At the same time, supporting those impacted by a data breach should be a top priority, and understanding what happens to affected data on the Dark Web can provide victims the peace-of-mind necessary to adequately recover from a breach.
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