16-30 November 2020 Cyber Attacks Timeline

It’s time to publish the second timeline of November (part I available at this link), covering the main cyber attacks occurred in the second half of the same month. This timeline shows a small increase in the number of collected events: 108 against 100 of the previous one, where the total includes 3 events that occurred before the considered time interval, but were published in this period.

Needless to say, ransomware dominates the threat landscape: 40 out of 108 events (roughtly 37%) are directly or indirectly related to this threat, and the list of the high-profiles victim continues to grow accordingly, but despite the number and impact of ransomware incidents overshadow every other event, there are a couple of them that are not related to this threat and equally worthy to mention. Apparently the hacks to fintech companies are back (or maybe they were never gone), Pickle Finance suffered a $19.7 million worth loss in cryptocurrency, and also Peatix, an event organizing platform, had 4.2 million users leaked.

The cyber espionage front is particularly hot in this end of 2020, given also the interest of targeting entities involved in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine. Obviously pharmaceutical companies are not the only targets of nation-state criminals, and even this timeline is rich of such operations: APT32 was particularly active, but also other well-know actors like the Lazarus Group and APT10 appear in the table.

Finally, also the Anonymous hacktivists are back in the timeline after a while, with an operation against the Uganda Police.

Details and links for all the events are in the timeline! 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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