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Motivations February H2 2024

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Attack Techniques February H2 2024

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In the second timeline of February 2024 I collected 100 events (7.14 events/day), once again characterized by a majority of malware attacks in line with the previous timeline (25% vs 25.2% in the first fortnight of the same month). 

Ransomware attacks were stable at number two, once again with a value, 16%, in line with the first half of the month (it was 16.5% in the previous timeline but again, one should consider that in some cases ransomware attacks were generically classified as malware). Vulnerabilities were equally stable at number three up to 14% from 12.9%, and the massive exploitation of the Ivanti vulnerabilities also characterized this timeline.

In terms of mega breaches, AI service Cutout.Pro suffered a data breach exposing the personal information of 20 million members, and the exploitation of a vulnerability in a CRM system of the Los Angeles Airport resulted in the compromise of 2.5 million records of plane owners.

The fintech sector continued to be under pressure: FixedFloat, a decentralized crypto exchange, lost at least $26 million worth of Bitcoin and Ethereum, while Jeff “Jihoz” Zirlin, one of the co-founders of the video game Axie Infinity and the related Ronin Network had nearly $10 million in cryptocurrency stolen from personal accounts.

And in this fortnight the threat actors driven by cyber espionage were equally quite active, with multiple campaigns launched by old acquaintances like the Russian Winter Vivern, COLDRIVER, APT28, and APT29, the North Korean Lazarus, Konni, and Kimsuky, and the Chinese Mustang Panda and Volt Typhoon, and, last but not least, the Iranian Imperial Kitten.

A coordinated effort from Russia was behind several disinformation campaigns: Operation Texonto, Doppelgänger, and “Maidan-3”, in all cases targeting Ukraine and some Eruopean countries such as Germany and France.

Finally some universities in the U.K. were hit by DDoS attacks launched by the pro-Russian hacktivists of the Anonymous Sudan collective.

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