Data Breach Summary
On February 14, 2023, InsecureWeb reported a ransomware attack that resulted in a data breach affecting the Phoenicia University (PU) . The attack was detected on the university’s website pu.edu.lb, and it was posted by Omnipotent on the website HydraMarket. The breach exposed sensitive information, including financial documents, correspondence with bank employees, account movements, balance sheets, tax documents, compensation, and source code.
Where and How?
The breach was found on a dark web forum, HydraMarket. The hacker group Omnipotent claimed responsibility for the attack and demanded a ransom from the university to release the data.
A Screenshot of the data can be found below:
Company Data Breach History
This is the first known data breach of Phoenicia University. However, ransomware attacks have been on the rise in recent years, and educational institutions have been a frequent target. This site is working with cybersecurity experts to further investigate the incident and is taking steps to strengthen its security measures in order to prevent similar breaches from occurring in the future.
Recommendations for Personal Data Protection
In light of this data breach, it is important for users to take proactive steps to protect their personal information and accounts. Users should change their passwords immediately, enable two-factor authentication, and monitor their accounts for any suspicious activity. It is also recommended to use a password manager to generate and store complex and unique passwords for each account. Additionally, users should be cautious of suspicious emails, links, and attachments, as they can contain malware that can infect their devices and compromise their personal information.
What is InsecureWeb?
InsecureWeb is a Dark Web monitoring service that keeps track of recent data breaches and tracks their impact by monitoring the darkest places of the internet. InsecureWeb notifies users and enterprises when their data has been found online and helps them mitigate the impact.