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The first cyber attacks timeline of July 2022 shows a sharp increase in the number of events. In this fortnight I have collected 131 entries, which represent the higher number in the last three months.

Ransomware continues to dominate the threat landscape, characterizing 33 out of 131 events (corresponding to 25.2%, a value substantially in line with 23% and 26.8% of the first and second fortnight of June respectively). On the other hand, what seems to be decreasing is the impact of vulnerabilities, that accounted for just 6 out of 131 events (a modest 4.58%), a sharp decrease compared to the double-digit percentages of the previous timelines.

Despite they did not achieve the level of the previous timelines, the attacks against Decentralized Finance platforms continued also in July. Crema Finance lost the equivalent of $8.8M (but 8M were returned by the attacker in exchange of a bounty). $8M is also the equivalent in cryptocurrency that was stolen from Uniswap, but in this case there have been no happy ending, at least so far.

The “special operation” in Ukraine continues to characterize the threat landscape from an Hacktivism, and Cyber Espionage standpoint. Multiple targets in Lithuania and Latvia (and in the United States as well) were hit with DDoS attacks launched by pro-Russia attackers, while in the opposite front, the IT Army of Ukraine launched a wave of attacks against at least 80 Russian cinemas. The Russian Space Institute was also hit by a separate operation.

The cyber espionage front is particularly crowded in this timeline, and not only for the multiple operations targeting Ukraine (for example the ones carried out by the Trickbot group). The list is particularly rich in this timeline, so my invite is to read the timeline and scroll all the details.

So, in turn, enjoy the interactive timeline and the tabular format, and obviously thanks for sharing it, and supporting my work in spreading the risk awareness across the community. As always, don’t forget to follow @paulsparrows on Twitter, or even connect on Linkedin, for the latest updates.

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