Last Updated on June 11, 2019

Here’s the second timeline of May covering the main events occurred in the second fortnight of May (part I here). I am glad to announce that this timeline confirms the decreasing trend in the number of events (61 vs. 69 reported in the first timeline, and 74 in the second timeline of April).

So where do we want to start from? For sure there have been multiple high-profile targets that have disclosed breaches in this period. The list includes: Stack Overflow (attackers accessed production systems), TeamViewer (the attack happened in 2016!), Computacenter UK Ltd. (victim of a phishing attack), and Canva (139 million records leaked by the infamous Gnosticplayers).

With regards to Cyber Espionage, new and well-known actors continue to make the headlines: MuddyWater, APT10, Emissary Panda, Turla, and TA505 are just a few examples of state-sponsored actors that appear in this timeline.

And, last but not least the social networks are becoming the new battleground of cyberwar, this fortnight has also seen the discovery of two campaigns spreading misinformation via social media and fake websites.

As usual it’s impossible to summarize everything in few lines, so feel free to browse the timeline, share it, and spread the verb of security awareness throughout the community. And also do not forget to follow @paulsparrows on Twitter for the latest updates.

wdt_IDIDDateAuthorTargetDescriptionAttackTarget ClassAttack ClassCountryLinkTags
1116/05/2019?Stack OverflowIn a short announcement, Stack Overflow informs that it was the target of an attack that resulted in hackers accessing its production systems. The breach occurred on May 5.Website VulnerabilityJ Information and communicationCCUSStack Overflow
2216/05/2019?OGUSERSOGUSERS, a forum where hackers and cybercriminals trade stolen Instagram and Twitter accounts is apparently hacked.Plugin vulnerabilityU Activities of extraterritorial organizations and bodiesCCN/AOGUSERS
3316/05/2019Archimedes GroupFacebook UsersFacebook removes 265 Facebook and Instagram accounts, pages, groups and events involved in inauthentic behavior. The activity originated in Israel and focused on Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger, Tunisia, Latin America and South East Asia.Fake Social Networks AccountsX IndividualCW>1Facebook, Instagram, Archimedes Group, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger, Tunisia, Latin America, Southeast Asia
4416/05/2019?Singapore Red CrossThe Singapore Red Cross says its website has been hacked and the personal data of more than 4,000 potential blood donors compromised.UnknownU Activities of extraterritorial organizations and bodiesCCSGSingapore Red Cross
5516/05/2019/The Shubert OrganizationTheater company The Shubert Organization discloses a data breach. An authorized party had accessed certain Shubert employees’ email accounts, which contained customer information.Account HijackingR Arts entertainment and recreationCCUSThe Shubert Organization
6617/05/2019Attackers from ChinaTeamViewerTeamViewer confirms today that it has been the victim of a cyber attack which was discovered during the autumn of 2016, but was never disclosed. This attack is thought to be of Chinese origins and utilized the Winnti backdoor.Targeted AttackM Professional scientific and technical activitiesCEDETeamViewer, Chinese, Winnti
7717/05/2019UnistellarUnsecured MongoDBOver 12,000 unsecured MongoDB databases have been deleted over the past three weeks, with only a message left behind asking the owners of the databases to contact the cyber-extortionists to have the data restored.MisconfigurationY Multiple IndustriesCC>1MongoDB, Unistellar
8817/05/2019?Oregon Construction Contractors BoardThe Oregon Construction Contractors Board says it has discovered a breach involving 8,013 accounts. Unauthorized individuals gained access to some contractors’ usernames and passwords between Oct. 27 and Oct. 29, 2018, and was discovered on April 12, 2019UnknownO Public administration and defence, compulsory social securityCCUSOregon Construction Contractors Board
9917/05/2019?Cancer Treatment Centers of AmericaCancer Treatment Centers of America sends notification letters to patients whose protected health information was in an employee email account compromised by a phishing attack.Account HijackingQ Human health and social work activitiesCCUSCancer Treatment Centers of America
101018/05/2019?LibertyBusPasswords and log-in details for hundreds of LibertyBus customers are obtained by attackers, who used a spoof website to divert those wanting to top up their pre-paid cards.Account HijackingH Transportation and storageCCUSLibertyBus
111119/05/2019? President Trump’s U.S. Golf Association accountHackers access President Trump’s U.S. Golf Association account and add four fake golf scores for games allegedly played at two courses.Account HijackingX IndividualCCUSDonald Trump
121220/05/2019MuddyWaterTargets in Middle EastResearchers from Cisco Talos reveal the details of a new campaign carried out by the MuddyWater threat group, using new techniques to avoid detection.Targeted AttackY Multiple IndustriesCE>1Cisco Talos, MuddyWater
131320/05/2019?Single IndividualsResearchers at Fortinet discover a new campaign of the Satan ransomware that includes new exploits to its portfolio and also installs a miner payload.MalwareX IndividualCC>1FortiGuard Labs, Satan, Ransomware
141420/05/2019?Members of the cryptocurrency communityNumerous members of the cryptocurrency community are hit by SIM swapping attacks, in what appears to be a coordinated wave of attacks.Account HijackingX IndividualCCUSSIM Swapping, Crypto
151520/05/2019?Coventry Local School DistrictCoventry Local School District is forced to send students and some of its staff home after a Trickbot malware infection causes major issues to its IT infrastructure.MalwareP EducationCCUSCoventry Local School District, Trickbot
161620/05/2019?Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA)The Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA) is hit by a ransomware attack.MalwareH Transportation and storageCCUSLouisville Regional Airport Authority, LRAA, ransomware
171720/05/2019?Single IndividualsResearchers from Trend Micro discover a new Trickbot variant that uses a URL redirect in a spam email as a tactic to bypass spam filters.MalwareX IndividualCC>1Trend Micro, Trickbot
181820/05/2019?The Voice KidsChannel One TV, the channel that broadcasts the show "The Voice Kids" in Russia, announces to cancel the results of the vote after an investigation by Group-IB reveals a massive automated SMS spamming” in favor of one participant.SMS SpammingR Arts entertainment and recreationCCRUChannel One TV, The Voice Kids, Group-IB
191921/05/2019Anonymous ItaliaItalian Union of State PoliceIn name of #OpPulizia, Anonymous Italia release leaks of the Italian Union of State Police and four additional national organizations.SQLiO Public administration and defence, compulsory social securityHITAnonymous Italia, #OpPulizia
202021/05/2019US NavyUS Air ForceThe US Air Force opens an investigation into a "malware" infection, which it is blaming on lawyers employed by the US Navy who are working on a war crimes case.Targeted AttackO Public administration and defence, compulsory social securityCEUSUS Navy, US Air Force
212121/05/2019?Multiple retailer websitesResearchers from Malwarebytes discover a new online POS skimmer used by one of the Magecart groups, injecting an iframe into retailer websites that asks for payment card information.Malicious Script InjectionG Wholesale and retail tradeCC>1Malwarebytes, Magecart
222221/05/2019?Sunderland City CouncilHackers access users’ personal details in a cyber attack on Sunderland City Council’s library database.UnknownO Public administration and defence, compulsory social securityCCUKSunderland City Council
232322/05/2019?Single IndividualsA new ransomware called GetCrypt is being installed through malvertising campaigns that redirect victims to the RIG exploit kit. Luckily a decryptor is immediately available.MalwareX IndividualCC>1GetCrypt, RIG exploit kit, Ransomware
242422/05/2019?High-Tech, Wholesale, Education Sectors in U.S, Japan, India, Thailand, CanadaResearchers from Palo Alto Networks discover a new campaign distributing the Shade Ransomware.MalwareY Multiple IndustriesCC>1Palo Alto Networks, Shade Ransomware
252522/05/2019?Computacenter UK LtdThe third-party mailbox used by Computacenter UK Ltd employees and contractors to deposit data for security clearance applications is hacked and used in phishing scams.Account HijackingM Professional scientific and technical activitiesCCUKComputacenter UK Ltd
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