16-31 May 2019 Cyber Attacks Timeline

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_ID ID Date Author Target Description Attack Target Class Attack Class Country Link Tags
1 1 16/05/2019 ? Stack Overflow In 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 Vulnerability J Information and communication CC US Stack Overflow
2 2 16/05/2019 ? OGUSERS OGUSERS, a forum where hackers and cybercriminals trade stolen Instagram and Twitter accounts is apparently hacked. Plugin vulnerability U Activities of extraterritorial organizations and bodies CC N/A OGUSERS
3 3 16/05/2019 Archimedes Group Facebook Users Facebook 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 Accounts X Individual CW >1 Facebook, Instagram, Archimedes Group, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger, Tunisia, Latin America, Southeast Asia
4 4 16/05/2019 ? Singapore Red Cross The Singapore Red Cross says its website has been hacked and the personal data of more than 4,000 potential blood donors compromised. Unknown U Activities of extraterritorial organizations and bodies CC SG Singapore Red Cross
5 5 16/05/2019 / The Shubert Organization Theater company The Shubert Organization discloses a data breach. An authorized party had accessed certain Shubert employees’ email accounts, which contained customer information. Account Hijacking R Arts entertainment and recreation CC US The Shubert Organization
6 6 17/05/2019 Attackers from China TeamViewer TeamViewer 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 Attack M Professional scientific and technical activities CE DE TeamViewer, Chinese, Winnti
7 7 17/05/2019 Unistellar Unsecured MongoDB Over 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. Misconfiguration Y Multiple Industries CC >1 MongoDB, Unistellar
8 8 17/05/2019 ? Oregon Construction Contractors Board The 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, 2019 Unknown O Public administration and defence, compulsory social security CC US Oregon Construction Contractors Board
9 9 17/05/2019 ? Cancer Treatment Centers of America Cancer 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 Hijacking Q Human health and social work activities CC US Cancer Treatment Centers of America
10 10 18/05/2019 ? LibertyBus Passwords 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 Hijacking H Transportation and storage CC US LibertyBus
ID Date Attack Target Class Attack Class Country Tags

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