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 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.
It’s time for the first Cyber Attacks Timeline of December (and the last for 2014).
Of course the attention of the infosec professionals is still concentrated on the devastating cyber attack against Sony happened in November (and the world as we know it, won’t be the same again), nonetheless this first 15 days have shown some remarkable events, not least the news of a breach happened earlier this year to Sony (once again), which went unreported.
The first half of November is gone, so it’s time for the list of the main cyber attacks occurred during these fifteen days.
Confirming the trend of the last months, the activity has been quite sustained. For sure, the most remarkable attack has targeted the Turkish branch of HSBC, and has affected 2.7 million customers, whose credit cards have been compromised (and apparently the bank has decided not to issue new cards for the impacted users).
It just looks like attackers are enjoying the beginning of the Summer, since the first half of June confirms the decreasing trends.
The controversial 2014 World Cup has revived the hacktivists, and in particular the Anonymous collective who kicked off the Operation OpWorldCup, targeting Brazilian Governmental institutions and Sponsors of the World Cup.
It’s time for the second part of the June 2013 Cyber Attacks Timeline (first part here).
The last two weeks of June have been characterized by an unusual cyber activity in the Korean Peninsula. In a dramatic escalation of events (coinciding with the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War), both countries have attracted the unwelcome attentions of hacktivists and (alleged) state-sponsored groups, being targeted by a massive wave of Cyber attacks, with the South suffering the worst consequences (a huge amount of records subtracted by the attackers).
Two Weeks Living Dangerously! I have no other words to describe this second half of January (first two weeks here) that has shown an unprecedented level of attacks! And if a good day starts with the morning, this will be a very troubled year from an information security perspective.
So here we are with the first Cyber Attacks Timeline for 2013 covering the first half of January.
Apparently the new year has begun with an intense activity by Cyber Crooks. Hacktivists and Cyber Criminals had many time to spend in front of their keyboards during the holiday break, and as a consequence the number of breaches with more than 10.000 accounts compromised is incredibly high. WWF China, the City of Steubenville, Ohio and The German Chamber of Commerce are only three examples of institutions that suffered massive breaches during the beginning of this year.