Hackers stole ‘nearly $1 million worth of data from FairPoint’
Posted On July 18, 2021
A group of hackers who took control of the company’s database used an SQL injection flaw to steal nearly $1.5 million worth in data, according to a report by security firm Errata Security.
FairPoint has been struggling with data breaches, but its latest incident appears to be particularly egregious.
The firm, which is based in the US and operates around the world, has been targeted in a series of data breaches that exposed data such as social security numbers, financial data and medical records.
The company says the hack was part of a larger attack, but security firm Mandiant believes the hack involved multiple hackers.
“FairPoint was hacked on May 13, 2017.
It seems to be the first time that an attack has occurred on FairPoint’s network.
The attackers did not wait for a vulnerability to be publicly exposed, but took advantage of the fact that they had a SQL injection vulnerability in their database, which could have allowed them to take control of FairPoint.
They then accessed a number of sensitive data, including medical records, and managed to transfer it to their servers,” the report reads.
Fairpoint has a history of data theft and breaches.
In October, it was revealed that hackers gained access to FairPoint users’ social security number and personal financial data, which was then leaked to journalists and other news outlets.
A year earlier, it had reported a data breach, which exposed personal information from the firm’s data base.
It is unclear whether the data was released in an automated manner or was stolen through malicious software.
However, the hack has brought renewed attention to Fairpoint.
The company had already lost around $1 billion worth of its data in the past year.