Last Updated on May 16, 2019

The second timeline of April is finally here (first one at this link), confirming the sustained level of activity that we have seen in the last months. In this fortnight I have collected 73 events.

Undoubtedly, ransomware, in its new targeted shape, is the attack vector that is characterizing this period. The list of the victim is quite long and includes Aebi Schmidt, A2 Hosting, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Verint, The Weather Channel, and many more.

New organizations have joined the list of the victims of mega breaches, such as, potentially impacting several million users, and new e-commerce sites, including the online shops of the Atlanta Hawks, and Puma Australia, have joined the list of the Magecart victims.

Similarly the Cyber Espionage landscape is always crowded, one of the most well known actors, the infamous Iran-linked OilRig APT has been exposed, and this has allowed security researchers to understand that the group has been able to steal 13,000 passwords from 98,000 organizations worldwide.

Other unearthed operations include Sea Turtle (targeting organizations in the Middle East and North Africa), new campaigns against Ukraine, a comeback of the DNSpionage gang (with a possible link to OilRig), and much more…

Another long timeline, and another opportunity to spend some time to browse it, share it, and spread the verb of security awareness throughout the community (and do not forget to follow @paulsparrows on Twitter for the latest updates

wdt_IDIDDateAuthorTargetDescriptionAttackTarget ClassAttack ClassCountryLinkTags
1112/04/2019?FlashpointA 0-day vulnerability in the Yuzo WordPress plugin causes the Flashpoint website to briefly redirect the users to an external website with a pop-up leading to malware.O-day Wordpress VulnerabilityM Professional scientific and technical activitiesCCUSFlashpoint, Yuzo
2216/04/2019?iOS users from the U.S. and multiple European UnionResearchers from Confiant discover eGobbler, a massive malvertising campaign targeting iOS users from the U.S. and multiple European Union. Roughly 500 million users sessions were exposed.MalvertisingX IndividualCC>1Confiant, eGobbler, iOS
3316/04/2019?Multiple Ukrainian military departmentsResearchers from FireEye reveal that multiple Ukrainian military departments were targeted by a spear phishing campaign which attempted to drop a RATVERMIN backdoor as part of a second-stage payload delivered with the help of a Powershell script.Targeted AttackO Public administration and defence, compulsory social securityCEUAFireEye, RATVERMIN, Powershell
4416/04/2019?Single IndividualsResearchers from ESET reveal the details of Scranos, a rootkit-enabled operation spyware operation.MalwareX IndividualCC>1Scranos, ESET
5516/04/2019?Remotely Accessible Samba ServersA new ransomware family called NamPoHyu Virus or MegaLocker Virus is targeting victims, running locally on a victim's computer, and remotely encrypt accessible Samba servers.MalwareY Multiple IndustriesCC>1NamPoHyu, MegaLocker, Samba, Ransomware
6616/04/2019?Users of the popular Electrum Bitcoin walletResearchers from Malwarebytes reveal that since at least late December 2018, users of the popular Electrum Bitcoin wallet have fallen victim to phishing attacks, estimated to net crooks over 771 Bitcoins, approximately $4 million at current exchange rate.Account HijackingV FintechCC>1Bitcoin, Electrum, Malwarebytes, Crypto
7716/04/2019?Single IndividualsResearchers from ZeroFOX discover multiple campaigns exploiting the tragic fire of Notre Dame for fake donation pages and new phishing campaigns.Account HijackingX IndividualCC>1ZeroFOX, Notre Dame
8816/04/2019?Centrelake Medical GroupCentrelake Medical Group notifies almost 198,000 patients after a virus investigation reveals earlier intrusion and suspicious activity.MalwareQ Human health and social work activitiesCCUSCentrelake Medical Group
9917/04/2019?Organizations in the Middle East and North Africa (ministries, military organizations, intelligence agencies, energy companies).Researchers from Cisco Talos reveal the details of Sea Turtle, a state-sponsored attack manipulating DNS systems, targeting primarily national security organizations in the Middle East and North Africa.DNS HijackingO Public administration and defence, compulsory social securityCE>1Cisco Talos, Sea Turtle
101017/04/2019?VerintThe Israel offices of US cyber-security firm Verint are hit by ransomware.MalwareM Professional scientific and technical activitiesCCILVerint, Ransomware
111117/04/2019?Multiple TargetsResearchers from Trend Micro discover a potential targeted attack, making use of legitimate script engine AutoHotkey, in combination with malicious script files.Targeted AttackY Multiple IndustriesCE>1Trend Micro, AutoHotkey
121217/04/2019?ChipotleSome Chipotle customers claim their accounts have been hacked and report fraudulent orders charged to their credit cards. The company states credential stuffing is to blame.Credential StuffingI Accommodation and food service activitiesCCUSChipotle
131318/04/2019Lab DookhteganOilRig, AKA APT34, AKA HelixKittenA collective dubbed Lab Dookhtegan reveal details about the inner workings of the cyber-espionage group known as OilRig, APT34, and HelixKitten, linked to the Iranian government. The source code of their tools is leaked on Telegram.UnknownS Other service activitiesCWIRLab Dookhtegan, OilRig, APT34, HelixKitten, Iran
141418/04/2019?The Weather ChannelThe Weather Channel is hit by a ransomware attack.MalwareJ Information and communicationCCUSThe Weather Channel, Ransomware
151518/04/2019?Entities from North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle EastResearchers from Palo Alto Networks reveal the details of "Aggah", a malicious campaign targeting entities from North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East using a combination of pages hosted on, BlogSpot, and Pastebin to evade detection.Targeted AttackY Multiple IndustriesCE>1Palo Alto Networks Unit 42, Aggah, North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East,, BlogSpot, Pastebin, RevengeRAT
161618/04/2019?Single IndividualsA new variant of the CryptoMix ransomware emerges, appending the .DLL extension to encrypted files and is said to be installed through hacked remote desktop services.MalwareX IndividualCC>1Cryptomix, DLL, Remote Desktop, Ransomware
171718/04/2019?City of AugustaThe City of Augusta municipal services are hit by a ransomware attack.MalwareO Public administration and defence, compulsory social securityCCUSAugusta, Ransomware
181818/04/2019TA505Financial entities in the United States and worldwideResearchers at Cyberint uncover a new campaign of the russian actor TA505 against financial entities in the United States and worldwide.Targeted AttackK Financial and insurance activitiesCC>1Cyberint, TA505
191918/04/2019?Multiple TargetsThe attackers responsible for launching phishing campaigns against Wipro, India’s third-largest IT outsourcing firm, also appear to have targeted a number of other competing providers, including Infosys and Cognizant.Account HijackingS Other service activitiesCC>1Wipro, Infosys, Cognizant.
202019/04/2019?Ad AgenciesResearchers from Check Point uncover a series of applications conducting fraudulent activities against Ad Agencies, carried out via a mobile malware dubbed ‘PreAMo’. The malware totaled over 90 million installs from Google Play across 6 applications.MalwareS Other service activitiesCC>1Check Point, PreAMo, Android, Google Play
212119/04/2019?Partners for QualityPartners for Quality notifies 3,673 clients after some employees' email accounts are compromised.Account HijackingQ Human health and social work activitiesCCUSPartners for Quality
222220/04/2019?Atlanta HawksThe online shop for the Atlanta Hawks professional NBA basketball team has malicious code injected into (Magecart Infection).Malicious Script InjectionR Arts entertainment and recreationCCUSAtlanta Hawks, NBA, Magecart
232320/04/2019?EmCare Inc.EmCare Inc. discloses that an unauthorized party obtained access to a number of employees’ email accounts that contained the personal information of as many as 60,000 individuals, 31,000 of which are patients.Account HijackingQ Human health and social work activitiesCCUSEmCare Inc.
242422/04/2019? notifies its customers of a security breach detected during February 2019 which was the direct result of a phishing email received back in July 2018. Potentially 18M users are impacted.Account HijackingG Wholesale and retail
252522/04/2019?Vulnerable WordPress SitesResearchers from Palo Alto Networks discover an additional campaign exploiting the CVE-2019-9978 vulnerability of the Social Warfare Wordpress plugin.Vulnerability (CVE-2019-9978)Y Multiple IndustriesCC>1Palo Alto Networks Unit 42, WordPress, Social Warfare, CVE-2019-9978
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