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I can finally publish the second timeline of February, covering the main cyber attacks occurred in the second half of this month (first timeline here). What an incredible second half of February! I have recorded 129 events, the new maximum in the past 12 months, with an average of 9.9 events per day.

Ransomware continues to dominate the threat landscape with 27 out of 129 events (roughly 20), but the real number could be even higher since in most cases organizations don’t provide details on the attack, citing a generic outage. Even in this timeline there are high-profile victims such as a well-known car manufacturer.

Another event that is characterizing this period is the Accellion FTA breach: it looks like threat actors from the FIN11 and Clop (a well-known ransomware group) are extorting organizations after breaching them in December using a 0-day vulnerability. Only in this timeline I have recorded 6 events of this kind but the list is probably going to grow.

And the new year is also bringing some massive breaches: for example a threat actor has dumped a trove of 21 million user records from three well-known Android VPN services.

The Cyber Espionage front is equally quite crowded, with multiple threat actors such as the Lazarus Group, Turla and Gamaredon, but what is really interesting, is also the appearance of multiple campaigns tied to Cyber war, carried out via targeted operations (like the Chinese actor RedEcho against some power plants in India), and psyops campaigns on Social Media.

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Enjoy the interactive timeline, and 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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The “Breachometer” compares the current number of events/day with the max and min values recorded in the previous 12 months.

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