AutoZone Inc., a US retailer of automotive parts and accessories, warned customers that their data had been compromised as a result of the Clop MOVEit file transfer attacks.
Personal information, such as the names and social security numbers of 185,000 individuals, was impacted due to the extensive MOVEit hacking campaign.
Founded in 1979, AutoZone, Inc. is the largest retailer in the United States, with 7,140 locations around the country as well as in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and the US Virgin Islands.
Overview of the Data Breach
According to the company’s breach notification, more precisely, AutoZone discovered that certain data had been exfiltrated as a result of the MOVEit application’s vulnerability being exploited on or around August 15, 2023.
An unauthorized third party had taken advantage of a MOVEit vulnerability and was able to exfiltrate some data from a system that AutoZone maintains and uses to support the MOVEit application.
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The vulnerability in the MOVEit Transfer program affected over two thousand companies worldwide, as has been widely publicized.
AutoZone took action to evaluate and fix the issue as soon as they learned about the incident. In particular, the company launched an inquiry and hired independent specialists.
“We began an investigation to understand the scope and impact. We also took measures to address the vulnerability, including temporarily disabling the MOVEit application, rebuilding the affected system, and patching the vulnerability. We have no evidence at this time that the incident is ongoing”, reads the notification.
The MOVEit software vulnerability, identified as CVE-2023-34362, was exploited by the Cl0p ransomware group to steal data from numerous enterprises that were utilizing the program for file transfers.
The vulnerability impacted the US Department of Energy, Siemens Energy, Schneider Electric, Shell, hundreds of US schools, and the state of Maine.
Hence, the business advised customers to be on the lookout for identity theft and fraud. Additionally, avoid opening attachments or clicking links in shady emails, and exercise caution when you receive unsolicited communications requesting personal information from you or directing you to a website that provides.
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