Here’s the first cyber attacks timeline of March, covering the main events occurred in the first half of this month. What an unbelievable period from an infosecurity standpoint! I have collected a staggering 150 events, and the reason is that there are some factors that are undoubtedly characterizing the period and will probably leave some consequences throughout the entire 2021.

I am obviously talking about the ProxyLogon vulnerability that is unleashing a massive wave of attacks by state-sponsored actors and cyber criminals. In this timeline, 19 events out of 150 (12.7%) are directly or indirectly related to the exploitation of this vulnerability, with a number of possible victims that exceeds 30,000.

Ransomware continues to dominate the threat landscape with 44 out of 150 events (roughly 27%), but the real number could be even higher since in most cases organizations don’t provide details on the attack, citing a generic outage.

And the other event that is characterizing the latest timelines is the Accellion FTA 0-day, with new victims joining the list on a regular basis. In this timeline there are 5 new organizations that disclosed to have suffered a cyber attack carried out exploiting the vulnerability of the file transfer service.

As mentioned previously, even the cyber espionage front has been characterized by the ProxyLogon vulnerability, in particular a threat actor dubbed Hafnium, has launched an unprecedented wave of campaigns against organizations worldwide, but other threat actors have quickly jumped on the same bandwagon.

Last but not least, a group of hacktivists have breached the security-cameras by a Silicon Valley startup, gaining access to live feeds of 150,000 surveillance cameras inside hospitals, companies (including high-profile targets), police departments, prisons and schools.

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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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