1-15 January 2015 Cyber Attacks Timeline

It’s now time for the first chart of this 2015, a year that has begun in the worst way even from an Information Security perspective, given the high number of attacks recorded in the first half of January.

Unfortunately the sad events happened in Paris have inevitably conditioned this period: France has been the target of an unprecedented number of cyber attacks (approximately 19,000) allegedly carried on by Islamist hackers and strictly related with the events of the Charlie Hebdo. Nearly in contemporary, the Anonymous have declared war against the IS-IS and have taken down several Jiahdist sites. In the meantime the pro IS-IS hackers of the Cyber Caliphate have found the time to hijack the Twitter account of the CENTCOM: the US military command that oversees operations in the Middle East.

France has also been one of the main targets for Cyber Criminals, since the most remarkable breach of this two weeks has hit the shopping site of TF1, the most important local TV stations (nearly 2 million records possibly compromised). There is also indication of a possible attack to the Spanish affiliate of Orange, but it has not been confirmed.

Other noticeable events of this period concern a possible breach to the EA/Origin service, another (failed) attempt to blackmail a bank, perpetrated by the infamous Rex Mundi collective, and, on a different scale a massive malvertising campaign targeting sites with a combined total monthly traffic of around 1.5 billion visitors.

However, at least for once, I have not recorded events related to Cyber Espionage.

If you want to have an idea of how fragile our electronic identity is inside the cyberspace, have a look at the timelines of the main Cyber Attacks in 2011, 2012, 2013 and now 2014 (regularly updated). You may also want to have a look at the Cyber Attack Statistics, and follow @paulsparrows on Twitter for the latest updates.

Also, feel free to submit remarkable incidents that in your opinion deserve to be included in the timelines (and charts).

1-15 Jan 2015 Cyber Attacks Timeline

  1. http://venturebeat.com/2014/12/30/hackers-are-breaking-into-origin-and-making-fraudulent-purchases/
  2. https://www.op.fi/op/op-pohjola-group/op-pohjola-group?cid=-66116&srcpl=4
  3. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/gaming/xbox-one-leak-could-allow-people-to-make-their-own-games-for-the-console-9951531.html
  4. http://pastebin.com/Wp8xCir3
  5. http://pastebin.com/SJc2xDr8
  6. http://pastebin.com/CbJuyzua
  7. http://www.techworm.net/2015/01/snookis-instagram-account-hacked-by-arabic-speaking-hackers.html
  8. http://www.connexionfrance.com/shoppers-data-hacked-tf1-magazine-subscription-website-16506-view-article.html
  9. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/11321499/Bristol-bus-timetable-hacked-by-terrorists.html
  10. http://www.scmagazine.com/attempted-access-to-fast-forward-academy-systems-puts-data-at-risk/article/390923/
  11. https://www.cyberguerrilla.org/blog/croatia-government-corruption-and-ukraine-prosecutor-general-office-massive-hack-leak-symantec-hackers/
  12. https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/01/06/mit-sites-defaced-in-lead-up-to-anniversary-of-aaron-swartzs-death/
  13. https://twitter.com/ulzr1z/status/551210327459631104
  14. http://hackread.com/united-nation-pakistan-website-hacked-free-syrian-hacker/
  15. http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/hospital-says-facebook-account-staff-anti-singaporean-co
  16. http://www.databreaches.net/universities-hacked-data-dumped-by-marxistattorney/
  17. http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/01/bitcoin-exchange-bitstamp-claims-hack-siphoned-up-to-5-2-million/
  18. http://www.zataz.com/10-millions-de-donnees-volees-a-orange-espagne/#axzz3NuauSVJs
  19. http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/local/security-breaches-over-christmas-on-police-s-website-1-6500878
  20. http://www.scmagazine.com/pro-isis-group-hijacks-twitter-accounts-of-local-media-outlets/article/391900/
  21. http://hackread.com/hackers-deface-two-more-ec-council-sub-domains/
  22. http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2015-01-06/sowerby-school-website-hacked/
  23. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-09/hackers-demand-12-000-for-client-data-stolen-from-geneva-bank.html
  24. http://www.ibtimes.com/pro-russian-hacker-group-cyberberkut-claims-attack-german-government-websites-1775874
  25. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:-pps3WwGyGIJ:pastebin.com/igrhVWss+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk
  26. http://www.databreaches.net/hirsche-private-asset-emergency-announcement-regarding-breach-of-it-security-by-hacker-group/
  27. http://www.databreaches.net/u-of-hawaii-and-cornell-university-hacked-by-marxistattorney/
  28. http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/01/8chan-related-sites-go-down-in-lizard-squad-powered-ddos/
  29. http://www.zdnet.com/article/malvertising-campaign-strikes-news-outlets-through-aol/
  30. http://www.techworm.net/2015/01/extratorrent-down-hackers-launch-ddos-attack.html
  31. http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/01/surprise-north-koreas-official-news-site-delivers-malware-too/
  32. http://kotaku.com/kim-jong-un-video-game-hacked-creators-claim-1678859600
  33. http://grahamcluley.com/2015/01/hacked-road-sign/
  34. http://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/off-topic/anonymous-attacks-jihadist-websites/
  35. http://pastebin.com/Kf626EQj
  36. http://pastebin.com/PWx2rCM2
  37. http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/bundaberg-library-website-hacked-by-people-claiming-to-be-from-free-syrian-people/story-fnn8dlfs-1227181518953?nk=6e492609ecada6b9cfe30ae627da5a85
  38. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30785232
  39. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/thousands-american-united-airlines-accounts-hacked-article-1.2075162
  40. https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/01/14/crayolas-facebook-page-hijacked-redrawn-in-nsfw-style/
  41. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Notepad-plus-plus-Releases-Je-suis-Charlie-Edition-Website-Gets-Defaced-469956.shtml
  42. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/12/boomerang_security_breach_fears_credit_card_details/
  43. http://pastebin.com/FdWHMA2U
  44. http://www.scmagazine.com/payment-cards-targeted-in-attack-on-pet-supplies-website/article/392821/
  45. http://pastebin.ca/2906107
  46. https://twitter.com/zyclonb4u/status/555202661331763200
  47. https://twitter.com/zyclonb4u/status/555158182050680832
  48. https://twitter.com/zyclonb4u/status/555178224050012161
  49. http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=17832
  50. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/politicians-military-personal-journalists-hacked-pirate-party-stunt-1483499
  51. http://hackread.com/ohio-city-website-hacked-by-free-syrian-hacker/

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