It’s time for the first timeline of May, reporting the main cyber attacks occurred between 1 and 15 May 2015.
The Summer is at the gates, but apparently the nice weather is not stopping the attackers from their intentions: I have recorded 52 attacks, a dramatic turnaround in comparison with April, and a strong indication that the slowing trend of the past couple of months has suffered a sudden stop.
It’ s time to publish the timeline with the main cyber attacks occurred in April 2015 (Part I here).
Despite the number of attacks has shown a decreasing trend, this second part of April will be probably remembered for the Cyber Espionage campaigns, which, in a couple of cases, have successfully hit the White House, a coveted target for Russian hackers. Other remarkable events in this space include the return of APT 28 (Operation Russian Doll) and an operation carried on by Arabic-speaking attackers, targeting Israeli military networks.
Spring is sprung, but unfortunately the nice season is not enough to keep the crooks’ hands off their keyboard, as the growing trend continues, and this first half of April has shown a sustained number of attacks.
The most illustrious victim is Lufthansa, whose frequent-flyers website has been hacked, with the attackers able to harvest miles from the unaware victims. Other noticeable events, always related to cyber crime, include the compromise of Linux Australia, and the discovery of Operation Buhtrap, a campaign targeting Russian banks.
I am back in business after a short vacation period (now and then it happens!), just in time to publish the second Cyber Attack timeline of March (the first one is here), which confirms the growing trend we have been experiencing in 2015.
Two weeks packed with events, started in the worst possible way, with the massive cyber attack against Premera Blue Cross (11 million customers affected), and continued with the same baffling trend, since the list of organizations targeted by massive breaches, includes other primary companies such as British Airways, Slack and Twitch (an Amazon-owned game video streaming service).
Spring is at the door, and finally the endless winter is coming to an end. I am just wondering if the crooks are starting to enjoy the first rays of sun, given the relatively low level of attacks in the first half of March.
Effectively, for the first time since several months, no massive breaches have been recorded. But don’t get carried away: the second half of March has begun in the worst possible way with the gigantic breach suffered by Premera (definitely a deja vu).
It’s time for the second timeline of February (first timeline here) covering the main cyber attacks occurred between 16 and 28 February 2015 (including also several few attacks that actually happened in the first 15 days).
With only 13 days available, this is normally the timeline with less activity. Not this year actually, since despite the shorter period, the number of reported attacks is undoubtedly remarkable.
I was delivering to Anthem the very unwelcome prize for the first massive breach of 2015, when the Operation Carbanak has brought an unexpected tail to this first half of February.
These two events have undoubtedly characterized this timeline and overshadowed all the others: on one hand, a massive cyber attack (allegedly carried on by Chinese hackers) targeting one of the largest US ensurers, able to scoop up 80 million records. On the other hand, a sophisticated long lasting campaign, stealing more than $300 million on 100 banks in 30 nations.
It’s time for the second part of the January Cyber Attacks Timeline (Part I here).
In comparison with the first half of the month, in absolute terms, these two weeks have seen a slightly smaller number of attacks. However, even if the general trend has shown a decrease, the hacktivists (most of all the pro-Islamist ones) have been equally very active (and the French evening newspaper Le Monde, fallen under the keystrokes of the infamous Syrian Electronic Army, is the most illustrious victim).
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.