You can trust government websites to be secure, right?

Ummm… Not so much. The Click2Gov bill payment system has been hacked in eight cities across the United States starting in August 2019. This latest breach of Click2Gov affects 20,000 records from those eight US cities, and while only eight cities have been breached, the compromised payment cards belong to people across all 50 states.

The Click2Gov portal reported a similar breach between 2017 and late 2018 affecting more than 300,000 payment card records from over 45 locations in the US and Canada. In response to the 2017-2018 breach, many of the systems were patched, but this latest breach demonstrates the need for ongoing security assessments to keep data secure.

“It is not known how the attacker compromised the Click2Gov Web servers, but they likely employed an exploit targeting Oracle Web Logic such as CVE-2017-3248, CVE-2017-3506, or CVE-2017-10271, which would provide the capability to upload arbitrary files or achieve remote access,” stated in the FireEye post.

Ongoing zero-day threats continue to be reported at an alarming rate.  The first step in addressing a vulnerability is knowing it exists.  Without knowing where you are vulnerable there is no way to address issues before they become breaches.  For this reason businesses need to assess their attack surfaces and minimize and/or mitigate the risk.

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Sources and more information:
Ars Technica
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/09/payment-card-thieves-hack-click2gov-bill-paying-portals-in-8-cities/

Gemini Advisory
https://geminiadvisory.io/second-wave-of-click2gov-breaches-hits-united-states/

Fireeye
https://www.fireeye.com/blog/threat-research/2018/09/click-it-up-targeting-local-government-payment-portals.html

Forbes
https://www.forbes.com/sites/taylorarmerding/2018/12/21/click2gov-breaches-show-the-power-of-zero-days/#4f8c97f87e2e

Common Vulnerability and Exposure resources:
CVE-2017-3248
https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-3248

CVE-2017-3506
https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-3506

CVE-2017-10271
https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-10271

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