Enterprise cybersecurity leaders Seqrite have been taking stock of the year that has just gone by with the Annual Threat Report 2020 speaking comprehensively about malware statistics for 2019. Notably, the previous year also witnessed an array of malicious attacks, with huge businesses and entire countries affected. Here were some of the most significant cyberattacks in each month for 2019 –
German politicians’ details leaked in mass attack – January
German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, found themselves at the receiving end of a major cyberattack where private details like contacts and private chats were leaked.
Toyota Australia cyberattack – February
Automotive giant Toyota’s Australian office was driven offline by a cyber attack in February. The website went offline for a period of time before Toyota responded with a statement which confirmed an attack but stated that no private employee or customer data was accessed.
LockerGoga – March
The LockerGoga ransomware was first detected in January when it was used in an attack on Altran Technologies in France. It came into the limelight in March when it was used in an attack on Norwegian aluminium manufacturer Norsk Hydro, forcing some plants to switch to manual operations. Seqrite has done a detailed article on LockerGoga and how the ransomware operates.
Facebook faces another crisis – April
The biggest social media platform by the number of users, Facebook continued to be in the limelight in 2019. In April, it was reported that a total of 540 million records of Facebook users were exposed to the internet in a data breach, reminiscent of the Cambridge Analytica situation.
Canva security breach – May
Popular online graphic design platform Canva had a torrid time in May when data for nearly 139 million users was compromised in a breach by a hacker known as GnosticPlayers. The data included details such as usernames, real names, email addresses and city & county information.
Images of travellers compromised in an attack on US Customs and Border Protection – June
Concerns about government surveillance and the dangers it can cause has gained a new dimension in June when a sub-contractor of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency was hit by a malicious attack with images of travellers stolen in the hack. The New York Times reported that close to 100,000 people had their information compromised.
Hacker accesses 100 million Capital One credit card applications – July
While the actual hack itself happened on March, American bank Capital One determined on July 10th 2019 that a hacker had gained access to data from approximately 100 million US citizens and 6 million Canadian citizens.
Cybercrime in space – August
Cybercrime crossed the final frontier in August 2019 when NASA astronaut Annie McClain was accused of committing the first cybercrime from space when she accessed the bank account of her estranged partner from the International Space Station.
Facebook…again – September
Facebook just couldn’t stop being out of the headlines —the social media giant confirmed that close to 419 million phone numbers were exposed in an open online database that was not password protected.
A cyberattack on an Indian nuclear plant – October
This was a major incident which captured all the headlines in Indian media in October 2019 and Seqrite dedicated a section to it in its Annual Threat Report 2020. The incident raised huge questions on the preparedness of critical security infrastructure against cyberattacks of this extent.
Disney+ credential stuffing attack – November
Disney’s much-hyped new streaming platform Disney+ didn’t get off to the greatest of starts when, just hours after the launch, it was hit by a credential stuffing attack and customers started complaining that they were being locked out of their accounts.
City of New Orleans cyberattack – December
The City of New Orleans in the US suffered a cyberattack that was so serious that the city’s mayor had to declare an emergency. Recently in January 2020, the mayor announced that the attack on its network cost more than seven million dollars and that it would take months to recover.