Akira ransomware group has claimed Gerber Childrenswear data breach, adding a new fashion brand to the list of its victims. Claiming to have gained unauthorized access to a whopping 500GB of company data, the threat actor announced their intention to leak it.
Gerber Childrenswear LLC is widely recognized as a leading marketer of infant and toddler apparel and related products. Now, this beloved children’s fashion brand finds itself at the mercy of cybercriminals who threaten to expose a treasure trove of information.
The stolen data from the Gerber Childrenswear data breach reportedly encompasses highly sensitive business details, including patents, trademarks, and contracts with other business giants. The repercussions could be far-reaching and deeply concerning.
Gerber Childrenswear data breach: Cyber attack on fashion brands continues
As news of the alleged Gerber Childrenswear data breach spreads, The Cyber Express attempted to reach out to the fashion brand to learn more about the alleged Gerber Childrenswear data breach.
However, at the time of writing this, no official response or statement has been received from the company.
Regrettably, the Gerber Childrenswear data breach is not an isolated incident.
In recent years, cyber attacks on fashion brands have become increasingly commonplace, posing a significant threat to the industry as a whole. Gerber Childrenswear data breach joins the list of incidents in this disturbing trend.
In fact, Multilaw, a prominent authority on cyber defenses for luxury brands, has documented numerous cybersecurity cases involving renowned fashion names. The reality is that even high-end luxury brands are not immune to these hackers clutches.
One particularly notable case is the fine imposed on Marriott Hotels in 2020.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s data protection regulator, penalized the hotel chain with a staggering £18.4 million for a major data breach that impacted up to 339 million guests.
Cyber attack on fashion brands: Experiencing complex Déjà vu
In a fresh incident this year, the renowned United Colors of Benetton faced a cyber attack on its Italy Nerve Centre.
The attack targeted the clothing company’s online sales platform and the automated system of its newly opened Castrette di Villorba warehouse.
As the core of Benetton’s operations, this logistic center plays a pivotal role in shipping products to over 5,000 outlets worldwide via land, sea, and air transportation.
Although the effects of the cyber attack were first noticed last week, Benetton Group managed to mitigate the damage and expects operations to resume by January 23.
Despite the severity of the attack, the company’s IT team and Security Operations Center, having implemented robust security measures and preventive actions in recent months, were able to thwart the assault and minimize its impact on daily operations.
In a similar vein, the Italian fashion brand Moncler fell victim to a ransomware attack in 2021. The attackers stole files containing sensitive data on employees, suppliers, consultants, and customers.
Despite refusing to pay the $3 million ransom, the company witnessed the hackers releasing the pilfered data on the dark web. French Connection, another fashion brand, also suffered a ransomware attack in the same year.
The hackers exploited a security vulnerability in the company’s backend systems, gaining access to a selection of private internal data.
Statistics compiled by an IBM report, “Cost of a Data Breach Report 2021“, reveal that the average total cost of a data breach varies across industries, with figures like $3.03 million in hospitality, $3.27 million in retail, and $3.75 million in transportation.
The frequency of cyberattacks has also surged, with businesses across all sectors experiencing over 50% more attempted attacks every week.
The Interline, a reputable source on cybersecurity matters, points out that this surge is not solely attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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