2020 begins in a rhythmic and unfriendly way for several educational – culture websites.
We are talking about famous dictionaries and platforms cultures such as Bordas, Nathan, Le Robert Retz, CLE International… These websites were the victims of computer attacks that shook them head-on on the night of 2 to 3 January 2020. The attack that hit this group of websites would have been possible thanks to a backdoor according to ActuaLitté and thanks to this the hackers had access to several data belonging to the users of its various sites.
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However, it is not known whether this data was of course sucked in or not and for what purpose. Moreover, these platforms have meant that no banking information has been compromised as a result of the computer hacking, which from the moment it was discovered, caused the automatic closure of the websites to the general public. Sites such as Nathan, Bordas and Robert are so far being in maintenance out of access to the general public to ensure that there is no risk to run. In addition, the Robert site has designed a mirror platform that allows it to always support its subscribers until the final service is opened. In particular, it was notified that the site that the sites that were affected are being audited.
However, it is legally impossible to determine yet the extent of the damage caused by this hacking. In all likelihood, the security breach has been discovered and the audit involved may take longer than expected. Because if a security breach has allowed a hack of this magnitude, we should of course make sure that it does not happen again. The purpose of this audit, which may take longer than expected, will be to determine if there are no other backdoors or if malware has not been installed on the interfaces of the sites, which would of course allow hackers to return shortly.
Moreover, we still do not know how many customers of these sites have been affected by computer hacking. According to information from the Robert, the information that was likely sucked in by hackers is information related to user accounts including email addresses, names and surnames, postal addresses, dates of birth, disciplines taught, schools, usernames… This is understandable when we know that Robert sells computer programs dedicated to correction.
Speaking of his chain hacks, some people already evoke the first massive data leak of the year 2020 or even decade. However, the seriousness of the situation when one knows that Robert for example does not require the opening of an account that when a person wants to be among his or her clientele, which is not done more often than not. We can then say that the data that may have leaked in this context are not that massive.
But if this hacking can reveal something good what seems quite dichotomous from one point of view, it is because it challenges all managers of digital platforms that the threat is beautiful and well present. Vigilance must be the first reflex of any information system manager for 2020, because if 2019 has broken records for hacking and data leaks, 2020 is estimated to be even worse. And for good reason, according to an analysis by an independent firm called Risk Based Security, computer threats increased by 54% from 2015 to 2019. There were exactly 3,800 data leaks in 2019 alone.
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