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The second cyber attacks timeline of July 2022 confirms the sustained level of activity. In this fortnight I have collected 139 entries, once again the higher number in the last three months.

Ransomware continues to dominate the threat landscape, characterizing 21 out of 139 events (corresponding to 15.1%, a sharp decrease compared to 25.2%, of the previous timeline). 13 out of 139 events were characterized by the exploitation of vulnerabilities (corresponding to 9.35%, more than the double of 4.58% of the previous fortnight).

A trend that is characterizing this 2022, is the growing number of attacks against Decentralized Finance (DeFi) platforms. Unsurprisingly this trend continued also in the second half of July with three organizations (Nirvana Finance, Audius, and Premint NFT) losing a total of nearly $22M worth of cryptocurrency.

Another interesting event of this timeline is the massive breach suffered by Neopets, leading the exposure of 69 million members.

The hybrid warfare in Ukraine continues to characterize the threat landscape, despite with a minor impact than the previous months. Interestingly no operation against Russia was recorded in this fortnight, whereas Ukraine was flooded by multiple operations carried out by known threat actors and newcomers such as: Coldriver, Turla,  Armagedon, UAC-0041, UNC2589, and GhostWriter.

And besides Ukraine, as usual the cyber espionage front is rich of events, for example Belgium revealed to have suffered three attacks from the Chinese threat actors APT27, APT30, APT31, and Gallium. Other interesting campaigns include the one carried out by APT29, exploiting cloud services and targeting a Nato country in Europe, and also the one carried out by APT36 and targeting high-value organizations in the Czech Republic, Poland, and other European countries.

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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