A Recap of the Top 10 Cybersecurity Attacks in 2022 and 2023

November 9, 2023
Explore the cyber battleground of 2022 and 2023 as we dissect the top 10 cybersecurity attacks. From high-profile ransomware assaults to supply chain breaches, uncover the tactics and statistics shaping the digital defense landscape. Stay informed, stay vigilant.
Written by
Alec Whitten
Published on
17 January 2022

2022 and 2023 witnessed a surge in sophisticated cyber threats, from ransomware blitzes to supply chain infiltrations. We delve into the top 10 cybersecurity incidents during this period, shedding light on the tactics, impacts, and statistics that defined the digital battleground.

Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack (May 2022):
  • Estimated Ransom Paid: $4.4 million
  • Days of Pipeline Disruption: 6 days
  • Gasoline Prices Spike: Average increase of $0.07 per gallon
Microsoft Exchange Server Vulnerabilities (2022):
  • Number of Organizations Affected: Thousands worldwide
  • Exploited Zero-Day Vulnerabilities: Four
  • Scale of Compromised Email Accounts: Extensive, exact number undisclosed
SolarWinds Supply Chain Attack (2022):
  • Number of Organizations Affected: Over 18,000
  • Duration of Undetected Presence: Several months
  • Complexity of the Attack: Highly sophisticated, involving injection of malicious code into software updates
JBS Meat Processing Ransomware Attack (June 2022):
  • Estimated Ransom Paid: $11 million
  • Impact on Operations: Disruption in meat processing and supply chain
  • Geographic Reach: Affecting operations across multiple countries
Log4j Vulnerability Exploitation (2023):
  • Number of Affected Systems: Millions
  • Exploited Vulnerability: Log4Shell (CVE-2021-44228)
  • Scope of Impact: Wide-ranging, affecting various applications and services
Kaseya VSA Supply Chain Attack (July 2022):
  • Number of Businesses Impacted: Thousands
  • Initial Compromise: Exploitation of a zero-day vulnerability in Kaseya VSA
  • Method of Attack: Ransomware deployment on managed service provider systems
T-Mobile Data Breach (2022):
  • Number of Affected Customers: Over 50 million
  • Type of Data Exposed: Names, addresses, social security numbers
  • Consequence: Increased risk of identity theft for affected individuals
Athenahealth Phishing Attack (2023):
  • Method of Attack: Phishing targeting healthcare provider employees
  • Type of Compromised Data: Sensitive patient information
  • Implications: Compromised patient confidentiality and privacy
Watering Hole Attack on NGO Websites (2022):
  • Number of Compromised NGO Websites: Multiple
  • Method of Attack: Watering hole attack, targeting visitors with malware
  • Motivation: Potentially espionage or data theft from visitors
FireEye Red Team Tools Stolen (2023):
  • Nature of Tools Stolen: Offensive security tools used for red teaming
  • Concerns: Potential misuse by malicious actors for sophisticated attacks
  • Implications: Heightened risk of advanced cyber threats leveraging stolen tools

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