It’s time to publish the first timeline of December, covering the main cyber attacks occurred in the first half of the same month. In this fortnight have collected a total of 57 events (plus two that occurred in November that I included in this timeline), the same number of the second timeline of November, which confirms a sustained level of activity.
The Christmas atmosphere did not stop megabreaches from happening: so Quora had the information of 100 million users compromised. Regardless of the Christmas atmosphere, I also wonder if the authors of the Business Email Compromise against Save the Children (costing $1 million) had a guilty conscience for the shameful action they did. But we know that the crime has no honor, so the chronicle also reports a Hollywood-style operation, thanks to DarkVishnya: a Cyber-criminal gang believed to have stolen tens of millions of dollars from at least eight banks in Eastern Europe, leaving malicious devices connected to their victims’ networks
Moving to cyber espionage, the most important event is probably the compromise of emails of top NRCC officials. Despite it occurred back in April, it was revealed just now. Even the Czech Republic was the target of a couple of state-sponsored activities carried out by Turla and APT 28, occurred in the past months, but revealed now.
But the timeline is unfortunately quite reach, and hence impossible to summarize, so I suggest you to browse it all to have an idea of the threat landscape, and also share it, to raise the awareness across the community. The timelines of the main Cyber Attacks in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2018 are also available, and do not forget the Cyber Attack Statistics, and follow @paulsparrows on Twitter for the latest updates.
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