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September confirmed the high level of activity in the cyber space. Despite the number of recorded events registered a light decrease, the overall amount continues to be quite high as shown in the 12 months trend chart.

As also quite high continues to be the impact of ransomware, stable at 27.7% (38 out of 137 events), a value substantially in line with the one experienced in the second half of August (27.2%). On the other hand, the impact of vulnerabilities played a role in the 10.9% of events, (15 out of 137 events) with a sharp increase compared to 6.9% of the previous timeline.

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1-15 December 2023 Cyber Attacks Timeline

In early December 2023, event recordings decreased significantly to 135, with ransomware dominating 35.5% of incidents. The period saw a notable data breach at ESO Solutions, affecting 2.7 million patients, and a $2.7 million crypto theft at OKX. Geopolitical tensions spurred active cyber espionage, with APT28 exploiting critical vulnerabilities. The author encourages timeline review and community risk awareness support.

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Unfortunately the hacks against fintech platform only experienced a break during the Summer, with three new organizations hit by attackers able to steal the equivalent of nearly $2M in cryptovalues.

The number of operations in cyber space linked to the conflict in Ukraine continue to decrease, however the Anonymous collective hit the headlines thanks to an alleged cyber attack that spread havoc in the Yandex Taxi app, creating a massive jam in Moscow. On the other hand the Gamaredon group continued to target entities in Ukraine, and interestingly threat actors from the infamous ransomware group Conti repurposed their malicious intentions against Ukraine in a new threat actor dubbed UAC-0098.

And unsurprisingly, the cyber espionage front is always rich of events with old acquaintances, such as the North Korean Lazarus Group, and the Iranian Charming Kitten, but also newcomers, such as Worok.

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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