August’s gone (and the Summer with it unfortunately)… You are ready to start your usual activities after, hopefully, having recharged the batteries. So why don’t you spend a few minutes to scroll down the second timeline of August (first part here), covering the main cyber attacks occurred between August 16th and 31st.
Actually, I do not remember such a troubled fortnight since a while, it simply looks like crooks never take any personal time off, and this ended up in a timeline with 60 events.
Unfortunately, the list of mega breaches is growing as well: the victims of this fortnight include: the NHS (an affiliated to the anonymous collective claims to have stolen 1.2 million records), the second-hand electronics retailer CeX (2 million customers affected), and also Instagram where an API vulnerability allowed the attackers to allegedly steal 6 million records.
And while a misconfigured spambot has leaked a trove of 700 million email addresses, the MacEwan University has lost $11.8 million after a classical Business Email Compromise.
This fortnight has also been characterized by the leak of more private photos of other celebrities (the Fappening 2017) including: Tiger Woods, Katharine McPhee, Lindsey Vonn, Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, Stella Maxwell and Dakota Johnson: and by the OurMine collective, that was also particularly active. The list of the social media accounts hijacked by them include HBO, and two iconic football teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid (rivals also when hacking is concerned).
The list of operations carried on by state-sponsored actors is pretty long (first spoiler: it includes two old acquaintances like Turla and APT28), and also the malware infections do not seem to recede (second spoiler: LG had to shut down some parts of its network after a WannaCry infection).
As usual 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.