Last Updated on August 6, 2020

I am trying to catch up with the backlog, so it’s now time to publish the first timeline of June (I know we are in August) where I have collected a total of 96 events (including two occurred in May). The level of activity continues to be quite high and characterized by ransomware (around 30% of the events) and, even if the trend is decreasing, COVID-19-themed attacks.

Even in this fortnight the list of high-profile targets hit by ransomware is quite long and includes victims from different sectors (primarily manufacturing, public administration, healthcare and education). In some cases the victims had their data leaked as a consequence of their refusal to pay the ransom. A consequence of the growing number of double extortion attacks.

With regards to the events related to COVID-19, the most remarkable of this period is probably the one against a German multinational corporation, associated with a national task force to procure personal protective equipment. The timeline also includes some campaigns using as a bait the measures that some governments have put in place to thwart the economical crisis occurred after the pandemic.

The cyber espionage front is also quite hot: this fortnight has seen multiple campaigns carried out by known actors such as Goblin Panda, Gamaredon, and POISON CARP. Besides researchers from the Google’s Threat Analysis Group have identified efforts by China and Iran against the Trump and Biden presidential campaigns.

Let’s stop the preamble and go straight to the the timeline, where you can find the details of each event. Feel free to share it 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 3 Comments

  1. Michael Maffei

    Hey, sorry for commenting again. In the event my first comment did not post, I just wanted to say that the excel sheet for 1-15 June does not appear to have uploaded. Perhaps I’m looking in the wrong place? You do great work! Thank you for your work, it is invaluable!

    1. Paolo Passeri

      I have just uploaded them. Apologies for the delay.

  2. Michael Maffei

    Hey, I apologize if I’m missing the link but there is not the normal attached Excel spread sheet with the recorded attacks. I see the on available for 16-30 June, but not the one for 1-15. Any help would be appreciated. You do great work! Thanks!

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