I am trying to catch up with the delayed timelines, so I am happy to publish the first timeline of August, covering the main cyber attacks occurred in the first half of this month.
Well, it looks like the cyber criminals decided to take same days off, since the number of events collected in this fortnight is sensibly smaller than the second half of July (31 vs. 81).
And the winner is… Cosmos Bank, which had 944 million rupees ($13.5 million worth) stolen through simultaneous withdrawals across 28 countries. And if we move from fiat currency to cryptocurrency, the situation does not improve unfortunately. Well, technically the amount in Monero stolen to Livecoin is “only” equivalent to $ 1.8 million, however it might seem tiny compared to Cosmos Bank, but it’s always a decent amount of money. Nothing in comparison to the $240 million lost by an investor, Michael Terpin, who sued AT&T consequently. Livecoin wasn’t the only exchange targeted, even Altex Exchange suffered the loss of an undisclosed amount, probably for the same vulnerability.
Other Interesting events include the hack to Reddit (SMS-based authentication is not enough any longer), a massive attack to Instagram users, and I would also mention that ransomware has not mercy since it did not spare the computers of the Professional Golf Association.
But the list doesn’t end here! My advice is to read it all and realize the fragility of our identity inside the cyber space. And id you want, you may also have a look at the timelines of the main Cyber Attacks in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2018 (regularly updated… Hopefully!). And do not forget the Cyber Attack Statistics that are regularly published, and follow @paulsparrows on Twitter for the latest updates.
Last but not least, feel free to submit remarkable incidents that in your opinion deserve to be included in the timelines (and charts), and please notice that, starting from this month, it is possible to download the raw data directly from the tools above the table. You may always ask for the raw data, but please do not forget to include a short presentation and the purpose of the project. I am not supposed to accept requests without any details.
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