16-31 March 2020 Cyber Attacks Timeline

The second timeline of March is here! Unsurprisingly in this fortnight I have collected the highest number of events so far (107), and one third of them is somehow related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately cyber criminals are not showing any mercy in such complicated moments. Not only ransomware attacks continue to occur with a regular basis (with new high-profile victims), but the world has literally been bombarded with malicious spam, phishing campaigns, and malware in theme with the current COVID-19 outbreak.

This wave of attacks has overshadowed some mega breaches unearthed in the same period, such as the discovery of 538 million users of the Chinese social network Weibo available for sale online. And they were in good company given that even the details of 49 million Iranian citizens (users of two local messaging services), and 4.9 million Georgian citizens were equally leaked online. And just to complete the picture we should also consider a second breach to a primary hotel chain and to an Indian real estate service.

The cyber espionage front is quite crowded with multiple operations and apparently unaffected by the current situation: usual suspects such as APT28, APT36, APT41, and the Gaza CyberGang continue to populate the timeline….

And with this our summary is over. The timeline is all yours, and 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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