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The growing trend of attacks continued also in the second half of August, where I collected 144 events. Despite the numbers are decreasing in comparison with the previous timeline, the overall level of activity remains significant.

The new wave of ransomware attack, driven especially by the gangs BlackCat (AKA ALPHV) and LockBit 3.0 continued also in the second fortnight, characterizing 39 out of 144 events (27%) in line with the previous timeline. Similarly the impact of vulnerabilities continue to decrease (10 out of 144 events, corresponding to 6.9%.)

And if, at least for once, the massive hacks against crypto platform experienced a break, one cannot say the same for the mega breaches: more than 10 million records were  leaked in two incidents occurred to a technology service provider in the US (2.5 million), and a media streaming company in Russia (7.5 million.)

The effects of the conflict in Ukraine continue also in the cyber space: pro-Russian hacktivists continue to be very active, and in the second half of August Energoatom (Ukraine’s state nuclear power company) and multiple websites in Estonia, including ESTO AS, the main local payment provider fell on their knees under the blows of the hacktivists.

One concerning trend is also the growing number of misinformation campaigns carried out via Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior. Most of them were predictably orchestrated by pro-Russian entities, but in one case, a long-lasting pro-U.S. campaign was unearthed.

And as usual, the cyber espionage front is always rich of events, even if with a minor impact in comparison to the previous timelines. the timeline reports new campaigns by the usual suspects such as: APT29, Charming Kitten, Kimsuky, and MuddyWater, but also emerging actors such as RedAlpha, TA423, and UNC3890.

As usual the list is too long to be summarized in few words (this one in particular), so my suggestion is to 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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