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Motivations November H2 2023

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Attack Techniques November H2 2023

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In the second half of November 2023, I collected 207 events (13.8 events per day), the second higher value during 2023, and definitely an important increase compared to the 183 events (12.2 events) of the previous timeline.

Unsurprisingly, ransomware continued to characterize the threat landscape (72 events were directly or indirectly related to this kind of attack, corresponding to 34.78% of the occurrences, one of the higher percentages observed so far,) and consequently malware attacks ramped up the attack techniques chart with nearly one of out two events (45.9%,) an important increase from 38.2% of the first half of November. 

The exploitation of vulnerabilities played a part in 9.2% of events, despite the number remains important, this number confirms a decreasing trend characterizing the end of 2023.

Organizations operating in the fintech sector remained under attack with $167 million worth of crypto assets stolen in three hacks affecting HTX ($87 million,) KyberSwap ($54 million,) and Kronos Research ($26 million.) Additionally crypto investors were targeted by multiple account takeover and scam campaigns aimed to steal their funds.

The threat landscape was also characterized by several mega breaches, targeting in particular an unknown organizations in Turkey (nearly 2 million citizen records compromised,) Taj Hotels (1.5 million records at risk,) and ZeroedIn Technologies (even in this case nearly 2 million records compromised.)

Last but not least, the complex geopolitical situation had inevitably an impact in the cyber espionage landscape, with multiple operations carried out by threat actors supporting Palestine (Molerats, a.k.a. Gaza Cybergang,) but also the “usual suspects” from North Korea (Andariel, Kimsuki, Konni, and Lazarus,) China (Chimera and Mustang Panda,) Russia (Gamaredon.) The chronicles reported also a previously unknown threat actor named AeroBlade, targeting organizations in the United States aerospace sector.

And of course the geopolitical situation had an impact also in terms of hacktivism with multiple operations against Israel (and not only) by pro-Palestine threat actors.

This timeline is particularly long, so my suggestion is always the same: browse the timeline, and obviously share it to support my work in spreading the risk awareness across the community. And don’t forget to follow @paulsparrows on X (formerly Twitter,) or even connect on Linkedin, or Mastodon for the latest updates.

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