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In the second timeline of November, I have collected 141 events (corresponding to 9.4 events per day), a value slightly higher than the previous timeline but in line with the last months. The level of activity continues to be quite sustained, and as a consequence the breachometer turns to the red.

The impact of Ransomware is back at the highs of 2022, exceeding 30% (32.6% corresponding to 41 out of 141 events), while the 5.7% (8 out of 141 events) have been characterized by the exploitation of vulnerabilities.

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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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At least during the second fortnight of November no massive hacks against Decentralized Finance platforms were reported, despite crypto investors continue to be targets of multiple campaign, predominantly phishing, but also a deepfake of Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of the bankrupted platform FTX.

But if the massive hacks against crypto platforms had an apparent break, the same can’t be said for mega breaches. in this timeline, two events are related to two apparent massive breaches targeting Twitter and WhatsApp users.

In comparison to the previous timelines, only 5% of events (7 out of 141) were characterized by cyber espionage. The main characters of the cyber espionage front include old acquaintances such as Mustang Panda and the cyber mercenaries from Bahamut, but also new threat actors such as UNC4191. Additionally the exploitation of commercial spyware continues with the discovery of a new operation tied to a Spanish vendor named Variston.

Instead, apparently, the impact of cyber campaigns related to Ukraine continues to fade, and except a new operation by the Sandworm threat actor carried out via the RansomBoggs ransomware, the only visible events are those related to the DDoS attacks carried out by the Pro-Russian Killnet collective.

As usual the list is too long to be summarized in few words, so my usual suggestion is to enjoy the interactive timeline and the table with a praise to share them and spread the awareness.

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