June 26, 2024

Major Data Breaches & Hacking News in June 2024

June 27, 2024
While many people across North America were celebrating the end of school, Father's Day and the beginning of summer this June, identity thieves were celebrating major wins in data breaches. Companies such as Live Nation, Christie's, Truist Bank, KeyTronic, Panera Bread, and Frontier have all faced significant security incidents compromising user data and corporate information. Read on to get the details about each incident.

Live Nation

Organization Description: Live Nation, the parent company of Ticketmaster, is one of the world’s largest live entertainment companies.

Breach Size: 560 million

Data exposed: The breach, attributed to the hacking group ShinyHunters, compromised names, addresses, phone numbers, and partial credit card information. Live Nation discovered “unauthorized activity within a third-party cloud database,” on May 20 and promptly launched an investigation. The data was offered for sale on the dark web for $500,000. This data poses risks for targeted phishing attacks and identity fraud.


Organization Description: Frontier is an American telecommunications company providing internet, telephone, and television services.

Breach Size: 750,000+

Data exposed: Frontier suffered a cyberattack in mid-April, allowing hackers to compromise customer data and forcing them to shut down their systems in attempts to contain the attack and mitigate further damage. The data includes full names and Social Security numbers, increasing the risk of phishing and identity fraud. Frontier is investigating the breach and working to improve its security infrastructure.


Organization Description: Christie's is a world-renowned auction house specializing in the sale of art, antiques, and collectibles.

Breach Size: 500,000

Data exposed: The breach discovered on May 9 involved unauthorized access by the RansomHub group, exposing client data such as names, addresses, ID document details and various other sensitive personal information. The ransom group has claimed to have sold this information on the dark web. Christie's is currently working with cybersecurity experts to assess the full impact and mitigate any potential damage.

Truist Bank

Organization Description: Truist Bank is a major financial institution in the United States, providing banking, investment, and insurance services.

Breach Size: 65,000

Data exposed:The financial institution realized in early June that a breach in October 2023 exposed employee data, including bank transactions with names, account numbers, and balances. Additionally, source code for the bank's IVR automated phone system used for transferring funds was also compromised. Truist has taken measures to notify affected individuals and enhance its security protocols.


Organization Description: Keytronic is a leading provider of printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) manufacturing services.

Breach Size: Unknown

Data exposed: The ransomware attack on May 6 led to the leakage of 530GB of sensitive files, including human resources, finance, engineering, and corporate data. This includes employee passports and Social Security cards, customer presentations, and other corporate documents. Keytronic is investigating the breach and working with cybersecurity experts to strengthen their defenses to prevent future incidents.

Panera Bread

Organization Description:Panera Bread is a popular chain of bakery-café fast casual restaurants in the United States and Canada.

Breach Size: Unknown 

Data exposed: Panera Bread became aware of a ransomware attack in March which exposed personal information of employees, including names and Social Security numbers, as well as other sensitive details. At this time, the company is not aware of this information being made available publicly. Panera is taking measures to notify affected employees and enhance security protocols.

Hacking & Phishing News
Ransomware Evolution
Ransomware attacks have evolved to not only encrypt data but also exfiltrate it, leading to double extortion tactics. Hackers threaten to release sensitive data publicly if the ransom is not paid, putting additional pressure on organizations to comply. This trend underscores the need for comprehensive data protection and response strategies.
Supply Chain Attacks

Cyber attackers are increasingly targeting third-party vendors and suppliers to infiltrate larger organizations. These supply chain attacks exploit vulnerabilities in less-secured partners to gain access to the primary target's network. Strengthening security measures across the supply chain is crucial for mitigating these risks.

These breaches and emerging threats serve as critical reminders of the diverse and complex nature of data security challenges facing today's organizations. It's not just organizations that need to be vigilant. On an individual level, taking measures to personally protect your identity before becoming a victim of an attack is crucial. Proactive identity protection helps safeguard personal information from being exploited by cybercriminals, which can lead to financial loss, reputational damage, and long-term emotional stress. Implementing personal security practices such as using strong, unique passwords, enabling multi-factor authentication, monitoring financial statements, and being aware of phishing scams can significantly reduce the risk of falling prey to identity theft.

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