The numbers for August 2022 are in, folks– you’ll want to keep reading this.
As reported by Kon Briefing, cyber-attacks have affected more than 25 countries worldwide, with an estimated 58 breaches reported this past month. Below, we’ve detailed 13 of the most malicious cyber-attacks globally from August 2022.
Turkish Navy Targeted by a Phishing Attack
In early August, a phishing attack, with the goal of espionage, was carried out against the Turkish Naval Forces Command and The Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Institution (TUBITAK). The group named “MurenShark” is speculated as the culprit of the attack. The group is said to have a history of attacking universities, military personnel, and research institutes. Phishing attack attempts were made using two documents containing malicious software sent to the targeted organizations.
Via: Defense Turk
Crypto Nomad Bridge Loses $200 Million From Attack
Nomad, a crypto bridge used to link different blockchain networks together, experienced a cyber-attack in early August that cost close to $200 million to be drained from the fund. A software bug within Nomad’s protocol is to blame for allowing users to withdraw more assets than were deposited. The culprit of the attack is attributed to over 40 different cybercriminals, as after the initial attack, other exploiters began replicating the action that allowed them to drain the bridge. The bridge drained nearly $200 million in just a matter of hours.
$5 Million Dollars Lost in Solana Attack
According to blockchain analytics firm Elliptic, approximately 7,936 Solana blockchain wallets have been drained of funds adding up to just over $5.2 million in losses. According to Tom Robinson, Elliptic Chief Scientist, although the root cause of the attack is unknown, he believes it is due to a flaw in “certain wallet software, rather than Solana blockchain itself.” The identity of the attacker is still unknown.
Via: CNBC News
UK’s National Health System (NHS) Experiences Delays Due to Hack
The United Kingdom’s publicly funded healthcare system, the National Health Service (NHS), came under attack causing their 1-1-1 service to become delayed. UK’s 1-1-1 service is a non-immediate emergency service number citizens can call to speak with a medical advisor if they are experiencing medical problems. The delay resulted in difficulty using systems to refer patients, ambulance dispatches, and emergency prescriptions. Thankfully, early intervention of the incident allowed their response team to contain the issue to a small number of servers.
Via: The Guardian
Denmark Closes All 7-Eleven Convenience Store Locations After Attack
Convenient store giant 7-Eleven was forced to close all 175 of its Denmark locations in August following an attack that shut down payment systems. The company was first alerted of the issue when employees began reporting that cash registers and payment systems had been shut down at their locations. 7-Eleven has slowly begun re-opening stores since the attack. Details on the source and culprit have not yet emerged.
Via: Tech Monitor
Finnish Parliament Website Hacked
A Russian hacker group known as “NoName057(16)” operated a denial of service (DoS) attack on the Finnish Parliament’s official website earlier this month in protest of Finland’s pursuit of joining NATO, following Russia’s attacks against Ukraine. The hackers stated on their telegram channel, “We decided to make a ‘friendly’ visit to neighboring Finland, whose authorities are so eager to join NATO.” The hacker group has a history of attacks and has been credited with cyber-attacks on state institutions in Poland, Norway, and Lithuania.
Via: YLE News
Counter-Strike Trading Platform Loses $6 Million in Product
“Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” is the fourth version of the popular multi-player game series. Within this gaming world is an internal economy of “weapon skins” trading and selling. These skins are essentially cosmetic weapon covers for users to personalize their weapons. In early August, one of the largest trading sites for skins, CS.MONEY experienced a cyber-attack that led to the theft of over 20,000 weapons skins worth $6 million. The unknown attacker assumed control of over 100 bot accounts containing the skin products and sent the skins directly to their account.
Via: Bleeping Computer
Apex Capital Data Sold for Upwards of $300k
Small business truckers who use Apex Capitals to fuel trucks and hold funds were alarmed when they could no longer log into the company’s systems to access their funds. It was discovered that this attack was at the hands of a “ransomware-as-a-service” group called BlackByte. The hacker group posted the data stolen from Apex for sale via Twitter, listing to hold off the return of the data for 24 hours for $5,000, $200,000 for the data to be given to the payer, and $300,000 for the destruction of Apex’s data.
Via: Freight Waves
$10 Million Ransom Demand of French Hospital
The Sud Francilien Hospital Center, located in southeast Paris, was the victim of a ransomware attack in late August. IT specialists for the hospital first noticed a malfunction in the system, then realized what had happened after receiving a ransom demand written in English for $10 million. Since the attack, hospital management has urged patients seeking care to go elsewhere while they recover from the attack.
Via: Ouest France
For the complete list of cyber-attacks from August 2022 read more here.