The first timeline of February 2022 is out with 98 events. This number represents a 7% decrease with regards to the second timeline of January (105 events), but if compared with the first timeline of the previous month (91 events), shows a 7% increase. However the numbers are considerably lower than this same period one year ago when the peak of activity for 2021 was achieved.

Ransomware continues to dominate the threat landscape, mainly thanks to the BlackCat operation, characterizing 23 out of 98 events (23.4% vs 14.3% and 30.7% respectively for the first and the second timeline of January). Similarly, the exploitation of vulnerabilities continues to characterize this initial part of 2022: 10 out 98 events (10.2%) have been carried out exploiting vulnerabilities of any kind (it was respectively 6.5% and 14.3% for the first and second timeline of January 2022.

Massive hacks against companies operating in the fintech space continue: Wormhole suffered a huge $326M worth loss (but luckily the funds were recovered shortly after), unfortunately KLAYswap and were not so lucky loosing respectively the equivalent of $1.9M and$4.4M in cryptocurrencies.

Inevitably, the war in Ukraine has crossed the boundaries of cyber space. This country was targeted by multiple cyber attacks and influence campaigns allegedly orchestrated by Russia.

The cyber espionage front is also very rich and not only in Ukraine thanks to the Gamaredon group. Multiple well-known threat actors characterize this timeline including APT35 (AKA Phosphorus or Charming Kitten), TA402 (AKA Molerats), ot TA406 (AKA Kimsuky), and Arid Viper (AKA Desert Falcon, Two-tailed Scorpion, or APT C-23).

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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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