The Autumn has begun, and I can finally publish the first timeline of September 2021. Despite we are still far from the highest peaks of activity of this year, in this timeline I have collected 93 events, an increase in comparison with the 78 of the previous timeline. Ransomware continues to dominate the threat landscape, with a percentage similar to the previous period (25.8% vs 24.4% (24 out of 93 events) and with new high-profile victims joining the unwelcome list of the victims.

A trend that is characterizing this year and seems endless is the exploitation of high-profile vulnerabilities. In this timeline you will find multiple events occurred exploiting en-masse software flaws on Confluence (CVE-2021-26084), Zoho (CVE-2021-40539), and the Microsoft MSHTML rendering engine CVE-2021-40444, without considering the dump of 500,000 VPN credentials obtained through the old CVE-2018-13379.

Interestingly enough, this timeline also contains some mega breaches, the worst of which is undoubtedly the leak by the Anonymous collective of 15 million records from Epik, a controversial web hosting provider. Other interesting events happened in Israel and France. I am talking about the leak of the personal data belonging to 7 million Israelis from the CITY4U website, and around 1.4 million people who took COVID-19 tests in the Paris. .

Not so much to mention, numerically, on the cyber espionage front, except maybe the revelation of an attack targeting the United Nations, Other interesting events include a new campaign by Mustang Panda targeting at least ten Indonesian government ministries and agencies, and some APT actors exploiting the above mentioned Zoho vulnerability.

Last but not least, two misinformation campaigns were unearthed in this fortnight respectively pro-Russia and pro-China (how weird!)

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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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