This Week in Breach News: Mystery cyberattacks do massive damage to Barnes & Noble, Robinhood, and the Hackney Borough Council, Dickie's Barbecue gets served some skimming trouble, and ransomware puts a beloved Indian snack food brand in danger - plus a deep dive into the Dark Web to jumpstart your 2021 planning.

The Week in Breach News: Top Threats This Week

  • Top Source Hits: ID Theft Forum
  • Top Compromise Type: Domain
  • Top Industry: Education & Research
  • Top Employee Count: 501+

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Barnes & Noble

Exploit: Malware
Barnes & Noble: Bookseller

Risk to Business: 1.411 = Extreme

Barnes & Noble has been starring in its own horror story in the last week, as a massive network outage for its Nook customers rolled into the discovery of a massive cyberattack. The bookseller informed customers on

Monday that it had experienced a data breach that exposed customers' transaction histories and PII.

Recovery and restoration efforts are underway. It's unknown if the Nook outage was a facet of the data breach or unrelated.



Individual Risk: 2.206 = Severe

Barnes & Noble says that the only data stolen was transaction history information, names, and email addresses. The company doesn't anticipate that any financial information was stolen, but the investigation is ongoing.




Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers' Business: No one can afford a data breach right now, not even a corporate giant. incidents that impact online sales are especially problematic as online sales remain a focus area during the pandemic.

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