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Let’s start this 2022 with the first cyber attacks timeline. The new year begins with a noticeable decrease in the number of collected events. A number (84) that, despite smaller than the previous months, is in line with the value of the first half of January 2021 (88 events). Apparently threat actors take some rest during the Christmas break

But despite the break, ransomware continues to characterize the threat landscape with 26 out of 84 events (corresponding to 30.9%), an important growth compared with 23.6% of the second timeline of December. On the other hand, the number of events carried out exploiting vulnerabilities dropped to 7.1% (6 out of 84 events) from 16.5% of the previous timeline.

Mega breaches seem to be a concerning trend for this early 2022, with million of records siphoned from multiple organizations in the healthcare, entertainment, and multiple other sectors. I am curious to see if this is a short-lived phenomenon, or it will really characterize the whole year.

Lust but not least, an additional fintech company operating in the sector of NFTs, has joined the unwelcome list of the hacked startups that suffered a massive lost of funds by attackers.

Nothing new under the cyber espionage front, with multiple threat actors targeting organizations worldwide. The list includes well-known threat actors such as APT32 (AKA OceanLotus), APT35 (AKA Charming Kittens), APT37, Patchwork, and multiple Russian threat actors targeting local governments in the United States.

Last but not least, Ukraine continues to be a hot front of war, and not only in the real world. In this fortnight the country suffered at least two operations: a massive defacement of multiple sites belonging to various public institutions (a similar operation, allegedly carried out by the Russia-backed GhostWriter also hit Poland) and, even worse, a destructive data-wiping malware dubbed WhisperGate.

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