16-31 May 2020 Cyber Attacks Timeline

It’s time to catch up with the timelines, so let’s go with a new one collecting the main cyber events occurred in the second half of May. In this timeline I have collected “only” 72 events, including 9 occurred in the previous weeks, so definitely a sharp drop in comparison to the numbers we have been used to in the previous weeks, after the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

Here we are again with the mega breaches. Unfortunately, the list of the victims is quite long this fortnight, and includes: a well-know low cost European airline (9 million customers compromised), a popular math solving application (25 million records compromised), a mobile poll app (40 million users compromised), a popular blogging platform (26 million users compromised), and multiple other data troves from several countries (Taiwan, India, Indonesia, and Russia).

Unsurprisingly ransomware continues to be a big issue, and this timeline is no exception, even in this case the list of the campaigns is quite long and include opportunistic and targeted operations against educational and governmental institutions.

COVID-19 related operations continue to dominate the timeline (10 events), despite the impact is lower in comparison to the previous timelines.

Cyber Espionage is always a hot front, with multiple operations carried out by known actors like Turla, Sandworm, Winnti Group and Ke3chang.

Last but not least, this fortnight has also see a spike of events related to hacktivism, mainly motivated by the murder of George Floyd (but also Italy experienced a noticeable attack against one of the main institutions involved in the fight to COVID-19). The number per se are still small, but in the previous months the events related to hacktivism had literally disappeared.

But now it’s time to browse the timeline, and read the details of each event. Of course you can 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.

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