It’s time for the second timeline of February (first timeline here) covering the main cyber attacks occurred between 16 and 28 February 2015 (including also several few attacks that actually happened in the first 15 days).
With only 13 days available, this is normally the timeline with less activity. Not this year actually, since despite the shorter period, the number of reported attacks is undoubtedly remarkable.
If you look at the targeted attacks, you’ll be spoiled for choice: several remarkable operations (The Equation Group setting new standards in term of sophistication, Operation Rapid Viper against Israel and Operation Desert Falcons against several companies and individuals in Middle East), and a cyber attack, purportedly originating from China against the Dutch Chip Manufacturer ASML.
Even looking at Cyber Crime, you’ll be spoiled for choice as well. The Lizard Squad is back with an original retaliation against Lenovo, in the wake of the Superfish affair: they hacked the registrar that procured the Lenovo address, using that illegitimate access to hijack, shortly after, the lenovo.com domain. Other remarkable events include the admission of a breach by TalkTalk, involving potentially 4 million customers, a breach to Uber, putting at risk 50,000 past and present drivers, and other two cases of Bitcoin Exchange sites hacked (in particular Canada based Cavirtex is forced to shut down, whereas the losses for the Chinese Bter amount to $1.75 million.
Last but not least, nothing particular meaningful to mention for what concerns hacktivism: several sparse operation with no significant impact.
If you want to have an idea of how fragile our electronic identity is inside the cyberspace, have a look at the timelines of the main Cyber Attacks in 2011, 2012, 2013 and now 2014 (regularly updated). You may also want to have a look at the Cyber Attack Statistics, and follow @paulsparrows on Twitter for the latest updates.
Also, feel free to submit remarkable incidents that in your opinion deserve to be included in the timelines (and charts).
For the Infosec professionals, this troubled 2014 will be remembered for the trail of gigantic breaches unleashed nearly exactly one year ago, when the real outcome of the infamous Target breach became to emerge. The real extent of the breach was yet to be known, like also the fact that it would not have been an isolated case, but just the beginning of a nightmare.
However this is not the only example of a Fortune 500 company deeply hit, and thanks to a very smart hint by @bufferzone, I took the opportunity to collect in this timeline all the main cyber incidents involving Fortune 500 and Fortune 500 Global companies since 2011 to nowadays.
The adopted selection criteria take into considerations only incidents involving a direct impact on end users, so defacements have not been taken into consideration.
Fortune 500 Global companies are characterized by a blank value in the Rank column, whereas Fortune 500 companies are characterized by a red value. Also, when possible I inserted both values if the targeted company belongs to both charts and, in those cases in which a subsidiary company has been targeted, I have obviously inserted the rank of the parent company.
Here the first part covering the cyber attacks from 1 to 15 April.
April is over and here it is the second half of the Cyber Attacks Timeline covering the time period spanning from 16 to 30 april 2012.
The last two weeks of this month have been characterized by several remarkable events (at least for the newspapers), such as the #OpBahrain which unleashed a trail of attacks from the Anonymous against websites related to the Formula 1 GP in Bahrain. Other noticeable events triggered by hacktivism include several DDoS attacks against CIA, MI6, Department of Justice, and a couple of Law Enforcement Agencies which continue to be a preferred target for hackers.
On the Cyber Crime front (still the major apparent motivation for the attacks) this month reports, among the events, a breach to Nissan and other DDoS attacks against the District of Columbia, the State of Washington and Nasdaq (I would not define them just motivated by hacktivism). Other events include a couple of 0-day vulnerabilities targeting popular e-mail services and affecting potentially million of users.
Last but not least, April has brought a new cyber attack to Iran crude oil industry, despite, so far, there are no clear evidences of a new Stuxnet-like Cyber Attack. This is not the only episode targeting Iran which also suffered 3 million of banks accounts compromised.
For the chronicle I decided to insert in the timeline also the breach to the game publisher Cryptic Studios. Although it happened in 2010 (sic) it was discovered only few days ago…
If you want to have an idea of how fragile our data are inside the cyberspace, have a look at the timelines of the main Cyber Attacks in 2011 and 2012 (regularly updated), and follow @paulsparrows on Twitter for the latest updates.