16-29 February 2020 Cyber Attacks Timeline

It’s time to publish the second timeline of February covering the main cyber attacks occurred in the second half of this month. Despite the 29 days, I have collected a total of 97 events, including 6 falling in previous that slipped away from the first timeline. Definitely a sharp increase compared with the previous ones.

Ransomware continues to characterize this beginning of 2020. Once again, and this is not a surprise, new high-profile targets joined the long list of victims, along with the multiple educational and healthcare institutions that normally populate the timelines. Unfortunately, and this is really sad not only from an infosec perspective, also the number of campaigns exploiting the Coronavirus outbreak is growing in parallel with the expansion of the virus in the real world.

Other interesting events of this timeline, related to cyber crime, include the breach to MGM Resorts (10.6 million users involved), and a huge SIM swapping attack against a cryptovalue investor).

From a Cyber Espionage perspective the most important operations of this timeline are for sure the long lasting campaign carried out during 2019 by an Iranian state-sponsored actor dubbed Fox Kitten, and exploiting the multiple vulnerabilities targeting the main VPN products, and the discovery of a campaign, carried out by APT-C-23, targeting the Israel Defense Force.

And once again, that’s all for the summary. As usual the timeline contains the details that you can browse and share to support my work and spread the risk awareness across the community. And don’t forget to follow @paulsparrows on Twitter, or even connect on Linkedin, for the latest updates.

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