For its 175000 members, the American Dental Association (ADA) primarily provides dental health training, seminars, and courses. For many Americans, the presence of the ADA Seal on oral hygiene items such as toothpaste and toothbrushes signifies that the product is safe and beneficial to oral health. The cyber attack led ADA to take portions of its systems offline, disrupting online services such as phone, e-mail, and online chat. In addition, the ADA website displayed a banner stating that the site is experiencing technical issues and that it is working to resolve the issue.
The ADA store, ADA directory, myada, conference registration, membership page, ADA CE online, ADA qualification service, and ADA practice transition are all said to have been severely impacted by the network attack.
Organizations that use ADA’s online services to create accounts or pay dues, such as dental associations in New York, Virginia, and Florida, have been hit by cyber-attacks.
ADA began sending e-mails to members of dental associations, clinics, and organizations in its states shortly after the cyber assault to provide the most up-to-date information regarding the cyber-attack and other information. The email primarily states that ADA was the victim of a network attack, which resulted in service interruptions for aptify and ADA, including email, phone, and network chat. In addition, ADA stated in the email that it had shut down the affected system for the first time after learning of the attack and that it was cooperating with third-party network security experts and law enforcement organizations to investigate the attack.
As word of the hack spread, a new extortion software gang known as black basta claimed credit. Attackers have begun to reveal data taken during the ADA attack, according to malwarehunterteam, a network security researcher. Currently, around 2.8GB of data has been released, including W2 forms, NDAs, and accounting spreadsheets. According to the attacker, this accounts for 30% of the stolen data.
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