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The second timeline of April 2022 is finally out (you can find the first one at this link.) In this fortnight I have collected 97 events, that is an average of 6.47 events/day, despite this corresponds to a noticeable drop compared to the 123 events of the previous timeline, the average level continues to be quite high and, easily predictable, an important part on this is played by the war in Ukraine that is inevitably having implications even in the cyber space.

A consolidated trend since the start of the Russian invasion, is the cyber war declared by the Anonymous collective and their affiliates against the Russian government: the hacktivists continue to leak data from Russian organizations. But this is not the only way the situation in Ukraine is affecting the cyber space: the country continues to be the target of multiple operations, especially DDoS attacks against local targets, and targeted cyber espionage operations.

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16-31 January 2024 Cyber Attacks Timeline

In the second timeline of January 2024 I collected 168 events (10.50 events/day), dominated by ransomware, ahead of malware and the exploitation of vulnerabilities. There were also several mega breaches, multiple operations against fintech organizations, and the usual wave of attacks motivated by cyber espionage.

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Ransomware attacks continue to be relevant, with Conti, BlackCat, and Quantum, the new kid on the block, being the most active ransomware gangs The attacks to high-profile targets continue and the percentage of events related to ransomware is now 18.56% (up from 11.86% of the previous timeline.)  Similarly, 10.3% of the events were characterized by the exploitation of a vulnerability.

Massive attacks against fintech and decentralized finance companies continue. Even in this fortnight, at least three organizations were hit for a total loss of nearly a staggering $140M worth of crypto assets.

And we are used to see quite a complicated cyber espionage landscape. Similarly to the previous months, this timeline reports many well-known threat actors (and not necessarily related to the events in Ukraine) such as Mustang Panda, DarkSeoul, APT29, and the Lazarus Group.

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