Here’s the second timeline of March (first part here), covering the main cyber attacks occurred in the second half of this month (plus several additional events occurred in the previous fortnight, but published later). In this timeline I have collected a total of 69 events, so the overall level of activity continues to be pretty sustained.
A big part of this thanks to LockerGoga, a new destructive ransomware that put Norsk Hydro on its knees (with a possible financial impact close to $40 million so far), along with two additional companies working in the chemical space and controlled by the same fund: Hexion and Momentive.
Another company that has been severely hit in this fortnight is Toyota, suffering the compromise of 3.1 million users, the second breach in one month, allegedly due to a state-sponsored actor, the Vietnam-linked APT32 AKA OceanLotus.
And if you were relieved since the attacks against cryptocurrency firms seemed to show a slowdown since the beginning of the year, I am sorry but you will be largely disappointed: this fortnight has seen multiple entities targeted with huge losses: CoinBene ($45 million worth stolen), Bithumb (second time in less than a year, $21 million worth gone), and DragonEx (“only” $1 million worth gone).
Unfortunately the list is still long (yes and it also includes a Chinese lady trying to enter the exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort with a thumb drive infected by Malware (who has never been in vacation with some malware samples?), so I encourage you to browse it, share it, and spread the verb of security awareness throughout the community. Last but not least do not forget to follow @paulsparrows on Twitter for the latest updates
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