Last Updated on February 15, 2017
It’s time to publish the second timeline of January covering the main cyber attacks occurred between January 16th-31th (first part here).
There are immediately two noteworthy aspects to notice: the number of attacks has been sensibly higher than the first fortnight, and also there are no events related to hacktivism, I do not remember if this ever happened before. Unfortunately video games companies compensated this void as the lists of the victims include Supercell (1.1 million), CD Projekt Red (1.8 million), and an unconfirmed breach to the Xbox 360 and PSP (2.5 million). Moreover, as the Spring is coming, the season of the W-2 scams is coming too, with the first victims that start to appear in the news. Instead, the season of Cyber Espionage is never over, APT28 is always on the spot and this fortnight a new attack was discovered against the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (curiously it looks like even the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been hit by APT28). Other entities victims of similar attacks (of unknown attribution) have been the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs (another coincidence) and the Swedish Armed Forces). 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), and if useful, you can access the timeline in Google Sheet format: