16-31 August 2020 Cyber Attacks Timeline

Here’s the second timeline of August containing the main cyber attacks that have characterized the end of this troubled Summer (the first timeline is available here). This list is probably the longer I have pulled together so far, containing 108 events (including 10 occurred before August 16th), and confirming the growing trend of ransomware attacks, fueled primarily by a breach suffered by Blackbaud in mid-July, a breach whose real extent is getting more and more clear as new notifications by the impacted customer organizations continue to to come out (and are not over apparently).

Similarly to the previous timelines, ransomware attacks characterized the majority of events (31 out of 108, corresponding to 28.7%). Of these events, 11 (roughly 35%) are a direct consequence of the above-mentioned breach. The ransomware landscape continues to be crowded, new actors (like the SunCrypt gang) are eager to take the lead, and new high-profile targets continue to join the list of the victims.

Iran (primarily), China, and North Korea characterized the Cyber Espionage scene with multiple operations. In particular the North Korean group Hidden Cobra (AKA Lazarus Group and APT38) confirmed its attitude to be involved in both cyber espionage and cyber crime operations (the latter primarily focused in stealing cryptocurrency).

In any case this timeline is really too long to be summarized in few words, so take your time to browse it all to get the details of each event. Once again, thanks for sharing it and supporting my work in spreading the risk awareness across the community. Also, don’t forget to follow @paulsparrows on Twitter, or even connect on Linkedin, for the latest updates.

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