It’s time for the last timeline of 2017 covering the main events occurred between December 16 and 31 (as usual you can find the first one here). After this one my plan is to publish the statistics of December, and then a summary of what happened in 2017 from a statistical standpoint, so stay definitely tuned!
One thing is certain: the cryptocurrency madness continues to have consequences also in the cyberspace. This fortnight has seen a Bitcoin exchange closing down after suffering the second (deadly) cyber attack in few months (Youbit), another one having its DNS hijacked (EtherDelta), two other services crippled by DDoS attacks (Bitfinex and Exmo, this second one also had one of his lead analysts kidnapped and… Guess what, released after the payment of a $1M ransom in Bitcoins). Without considering the multiple campaigns aimed to infect users with miners and also the official Twitter account of John McAfee compromised to promote alternative cryptocurrencies.
So all these events ended up overshadowing the massive breach suffered by Nissan Canada Finance that had 1.13 million customer records compromised.
As usual, feel free to scroll down the whole list for all the events happened in this fortnight. And 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, 2014, 2015 and 2016 (regularly updated). You may also want to have a look at the Cyber Attack Statistics that are regularly published, and follow @paulsparrows on Twitter for the latest updates.
Additionally, feel free to submit remarkable incidents that in your opinion deserve to be included in the timelines (and charts). If useful, you can access the timeline in Google Sheet format.