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Cyber Wardens warns Ticketmaster breach aftermath could harm small businesses

Cyber Wardens has weighed in on the Ticketmaster breach that was disclosed this week, warning of the dangers that an attack’s fallout could present to small businesses.

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Thu, 30 May 2024
Cyber Wardens warns Ticketmaster breach aftermath could harm small businesses
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A cyber attack on Ticketmaster and Live Nation was claimed by the ShinyHunters hacking group. It said it exfiltrated 1.3 terabytes of data belonging to 560 million customers, which it said it would sell for a one-time price of US$500,000.

“560 million customers full details (name, address, email, phone),” ShinyHunters said in its post. “Ticket sales, event information, order details.”

ShinyHunters provided samples that indicated that hashed credit card numbers, the last four digits of credit cards, credit card expiration dates, and fraud details, as well as customer names, addresses, and emails were allegedly compromised.


Now, Cyber Wardens, the government-supported free cyber training program for small businesses run by the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA), has highlighted the danger that major cyber attacks present to small businesses.

“COSBOA’s Cyber Wardens program is warning small businesses across Australia to be vigilant against cyber attacks in the wake of the global Ticketmaster hack,” COSBOA CEO Luke Achterstraat told Cyber Daily.

“Online scams and fraud continue to rise, and nearly half (43 per cent) of cyber attacks in Australia target small to medium businesses.

“The average attack can cost a small business $46,000.”

Cyber Wardens is a free program designed to bolster the cyber security skills of small businesses and help them ward off cyber attacks.

Small businesses often don’t have the budgets for large security teams and infrastructure to mitigate cyber threats, making them a lucrative target for threat actors.

However, as Cyber Wardens teaches in its program, there are many things that can be done to secure company systems for cheap and free just through the implementation of simple security practices.

“If you haven’t fortified your digital doors with strong cyber security practices, you put yourself at a higher risk for an online attack,” Achterstraat said.

“When customer information is leaked, you lose the trust of your patrons, and this can really set your business back.

“We urge all small businesses to complete the free, online Cyber Wardens training course to ensure they’re taking essential steps to help protect themselves from cyber attacks.

“The nation’s top cyber experts will be working hard to investigate the latest attack, but in the meantime, we are warning everyone to be alert to scams and secondary attacks. It takes just two minutes to start your cyber security journey.

“Training your team through the Cyber Wardens program can help give them the skills to identify and stop a scam attack. Now is the time.”

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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