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Let’s analyze the events occurred in the first half of August 2021, a Summer characterized by ransomware that, in this timeline, accounts for 36 events out of 91 (39.6%), a sharp increase, driven by the exploitation en masse of vulnerabilities targeting remote access technologies, compared with 25% of August and fueled by the high-profile attacks carried out by the RansomEXX and LockBit 2.0 gangs (Italy was particularly targeted in this period). Another reason of this value resides in the fact that many operation carried out by the PYSA gang during the previous month were disclosed only in this month. Healthcare organizations and local government continue to be the preferred targets for ransomware gangs.

Beside ransomware, but this is not surprising any longer, other remarkable events of this fortnight include the breach suffered by a well-known mobile operator, and the largest crypto hack recorded so far, leading to the theft of $600M worth of cryptocurrencies, but with a surprising happy ending with the alleged author returning the stolen fund and being hired by the targeted company as a security advisor.

A look at the cyber espionage landscape confirms quite an active sector with multiple operations carried out by well-known actors such as Soft Cell, Naikon APT and Emissary Panda (targeting major telecommunications companies in Asia in a long lasting operation), APT29, APT31 (very active lately, even in Russia), and Charming Kitten. In this complicated moment, grabbing the secrets of other countries has a special value…

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