After the statistics of April, and the ones of the first quarter of this troubled 2019, it’s time to publish the first timeline of May, covering the main cyber events occurred between May 1st and 15th. In this timeline I have collected a total of 73 events (including 4, that took place in April), so despite the average level remains high, the trend is slightly decreasing compared to the previous two timelines.
Let me say that this period of the year is characterized by the Magecart attacks that are now targeting every possible platform, and continue to add high-profile organizations to the unwelcome list of their victims (for example the Forbes Magazine subscription website).
Mega hacks to crypto startups are also back (let’s hope it’s just an isolated occurrence and not the beginning of a new crime spree). Unfortunately this time the criminals have decided to hit Binance and stole more than 7,000 BTC (41 million bucks worth at the time the incident occurred).
And while the identity of 275 million citizens has been compromised thanks to a misconfigured MongoDB immediately exploited by an attacker, ransomware attacks continue to spread: the city of Baltimore, the global information services firm Wolters Kluwer, and the Austrian construction company Porr are just some examples of the victims of this threat that is becoming more and more targeted.
The Cyber Espionage landscape continues to be quite active, while hacktivism seems limited mainly to Italy.
But as usual the timeline is too long to be summarized in a few lines, so feel free 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.
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