Motivations February H1 2024

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Attack Techniques February H1 2024

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In the first timeline of February 2024 I collected 139 events (9.27 events/day), in contrast to 168 events (10.50 events/day) collected during the second timeline of January.

In terms of attack techniques, malware took the lead with 25.2%, a sharp increase compared to 16.1%, at the expenses of ransomware that slipped at number two with 16.5% (it was 17.9% in the previous timeline but one should consider that in some cases ransomware attacks were generically classified as ransomware), and vulnerabilities at number three with 12.9% (it was 11.9% in the previous fortnight), which continued to be fueled by the massive exploitation of the Ivanti vulnerabilities.

France was characterized by a mega breaches affecting two healthcare services (Almerys and Viamedis) impacting a total of 33 million individuals. Another massive breach hit the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) leading to the compromise of the records of 24.3 million citizens.

In the fintech sector, unknown threat actors used a stolen private key to mint and steal over 1.79 billion PLA tokens (equivalent to $290.4 million) from PlayDapp,

And in this fortnight the threat actors driven by cyber espionage were quite active, not only Meta removed multiple accounts linked to several spyware firms and used to test their weapons, but also numerous campaigns were uncovered, carried out by threat actors from Russia (Coldriver, Shuckworm, Turla), North Korea (Kimsuky), India (Patchwork), China (Volt Typhoon and others), Iran (Charming Kitten).

In terms of cyber warfare, this fortnight saw the discovery of multiple disinformation campaigns, and a cyberattack, carried out by the U.S. against MV Behshad, an Iranian military ship.

Last but not least, the complex geopolitical situation continued to influence the hacktivism, with multiple operations against organizations supporting Israel or Ukraine.

For the details, feel free to 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.

Geo Map February H1 2024

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The “Breachometer” compares the current number of events/day with the max and min values recorded in the previous 12 months.


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