It’s finally time to publish the timeline of the main cyber attacks occurred in the second half of May.
A two-weeks period that will be remembered for an unprecedented trail of massive breaches, started with Pacnet (number of victims unknown), and continued throughout the month with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (1.1 million victims), Adultfriendfinder (4 million), the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1 million), the Internal Revenue Systems (100,000), the music streaming portal Gaana.com (7.5 million) and, last but not least, the Japan’s universal public pension system (1.25 million), with a resulting damage report exceeding 10 million of compromised individuals.
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.
I found the time to aggregate the timelines of May (part I and part II) to derive some interesting stats. As a general rule, since many readers often pose the same questions, all the stats are derived from the Cyber Attacks Timelines I publish (almost) bi-weekly.
Here we are with the second part of the timeline of May (first part here).
Summer is coming here, and looks like attackers prefer to spend more time in the beach rather than in front of their keyboards. In fact the number of reported attack is confirming its decreasing trend, at least for this part of the year.
Here we have with the list of the most significant Cyber Attacks happened in the first half of April (according to my very own point of view).
There are few doubts about the fact that Orange is the winner of the unwelcome prize for the most noticeable breach after the theft of the information of 1.3 million users.
It’s time for a drill down to the Cyber Attacks Statistics for the month of May 2013. As many readers ask, the data for the stats is derived from the corresponding Cyber Attacks Timeline.
TheDaily Trend of Attacks chart shows a month double-faced. After an initial peak, the first two weeks have shown a quite low activity. The second half of the month instead has shown a revamping of the activity.
And here we are with the second part of the Cyber Attacks Timeline for May (first part here).
The second half of the month has shown an unusual activity with several high-profile breaches motivated by Cyber-Crime or Hacktivism, but also with the disclosure of massive Cyber-Espionage operations.
And here we are with our bi-weekly review of the main cyber attacks. This time is the turn of the first half of May.
Probably this month will be remembered for the huge cyber-heist against two Payment Processors, and affecting two banks (National Bank of Ras Al-Khaimah PSC in the United Arab Emirates and the Bank of Muscat in Oman), which suffered a massive loss of $45 million due to an endless wave of unlimited withdrawals from their ATMs.
As usual, here we are with some fresh charts obtained from the first part of the June 2012 Cyber Attacks Timeline.
Let us start with the Motivations Behind Attacks chart. Once again Cyber Crime Ranks at number 1, showing a growing trend respect May, from the 61% to 82% (at least in this first half). On the other hand, hacktivism-led cyber events have dropped from 30% to 14%. Apparently no explicit Cyber Warfare event has been detected, at least according to the data I collected.