Last Updated on April 30, 2020

It’s time to publish the first timeline of April, covering the main cyber attacks occurred in the first fortnight of this month. The COVID-19 emergency continues to characterize the threat landscape, and in this timeline I have collected 104 event included 8 that slipped from the previous one, and one third of them is somehow related to the pandemic.

And once again the gangs behind ransomware attacks did not show any mercy: even in this timeline we have some high-profile victims in the energy, finance, and healthcare sectors.

Apparently the COVID-19 pandemic is also overshadowing the cyber espionage campaign. This first half of April was unusually quiet, despite some well know threat actors made the headlines, such as DarkHotel, Energetic Bear, and the Syrian Electronic Army.

It’s all for the summary. Feel free to browse the timeline, and read the details about the main events (and the impact of the COVID-19 on the threat landscape). Also feel free to share the timeline 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.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. John

    Hi Paolo,

    I believe there is also this problem with all of the data for Q1. This appears to be the earliest month this year that the data is accessible in the tables. Can the original tables be made accessible for Jan, Feb and March? Hopefully it is a simple fix!

    Also, I’m really interested in the trend following COVID-19 related attacks, can you explain how you classify an attack as being related to COVID-19 please?

    Really fascinated in your work! Many thanks

    1. Paolo Passeri


      thanks for letting me know.

      Apparently Google changed the way the spreadsheets are shared. I re-published all the affected files in Excel format and thy should be available now.

      Thanks again.


  2. Yana

    No data available in table…

    1. Paolo Passeri

      Thanks I fixed it. I don’t know why but the original table was not accessible anymore

      1. Yana

        Thank you!

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