Many organizations continue to be vulnerable to a zero-day flaw in Fortra's GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer system, tracked as CVE-2023-0669, despite widespread exploitation by the Clop ransomware gang since February, reports The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.
Despite a 46% drop in exposed GoAnywhere admin panels since the emergence of a patch, such panels remained in 179 hosts more than two months after the zero-day vulnerability's disclosure, 30% of which continued to be unpatched, a report from Censys revealed.
"A single vulnerable instance has the potential to serve as a gateway to a data breach that could potentially impact millions of individuals," said Censys security researcher Himaja Motheram.
ALPHV/BlackCat ransomware has also been reported by security firm At-Bay to have leveraged the vulnerability to compromise an unnamed U.S.-based firm in February.
"Executing a ransomware attack by targeting the GoAnywhere MFT vulnerability is extremely easy with the exfiltration of data near certain, and the fast delivery of the payload also guaranteed," said At-Bay.
SiliconAngle reports that ransomware attacks against the educational sector have significantly increased from 2018 to 2022 and are expected to reach a record high this year, with 85 attacks recorded during the first half of 2023 being almost two times higher than the same period in 2022.
Air Canada has confirmed being impacted by a data breach that compromised some of its employees' limited personal data and other records, reports The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.