16-31 December 2018 Cyber Attacks Timeline

Christmas holidays are gone, and it’s time to turn the page on this 2018 with the second timeline of December, the last one for the year just gone.

Cyber Espionage is the main element of this timeline, with at least two remarkable operations: the indictment of the two members of APT10, the state-sponsored actors behind Operation Cloudhopper, a long last campaign against MSPs worldwide, and the discovery of a massive spying operation, once again allegedly orchestrated by Chinese actors, against the diplomatic communication network for the European Union (COREU).

Another state-sponsored actor is behind a suspicious activity on Twitter (causing the shares of the social network giant to tumble seven percent).

Looking at cyber crime, The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) revealed that a phishing attack, occurred as early as January 2018, compromised the personal information of more than half a million students. The Ryuk ransomware was also on the spot, an attack allegedly caused by this ransomware prevented production of several newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, while another one crippled the activities of the cloud hosting provider Dataresolution.net.

Last but not least, Italy confirms to be the preferred target for hacktivists thanks to the political turmoil that is characterizing this country.

As usual, browse the entire timeline 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.

Also I will soon publish the statistics for 2018, so stay tuned.

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ID Date Author Target Description Attack Target Class Attack Class Country Link Tags

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