Hacking Abuse Analysis

27 May

Back in September, in the midst of the 2020 election, I wrote a blog post on seeing a spike in hacking attempts. Normally, I see less than 50 attempts in a month. Since the spike last fall, the number of attacks has consistently been above 50. After the election, I saw the number of hacking attempts continue to rise and then suddenly reduce. See below graph.

This reduction coincides with President Biden’s inauguration in January. Based on my analysis the bulk of the attacks originated from Europe, specifically Germany, Ukraine and Netherlands. I noticed this month I have been receiving more alerts of hacking attempts. So I decided to look at the hacking attempts going up to 21-MAY. Here’s what I found:

  • Number of hacking attempts was 73
  • Countries with largest number of attempts were Germany (16), US (12) and Ukraine (9)
  • A handful of attacks from countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
  • A bunch of other European countries were tied at 3 (max attempts before blocking)
  • All attacks from Germany came on same day, but from different subnets (i.e. coordinated)

The US attacks were from the Northeast, Arizona and Michigan. They happened after I responded to Congressional Rep. Ayanna Pressely, see below:

Not sure what conclusions I draw from the above, especially when I really do not have much of an online presence. They must be very offended by my Nana’s Lokshen Kugel and Meatball recipes.

Stay safe and keep calm.

Guy Lipof

Accomplished Engineering Executive with deep consulting and sales expertise in healthcare and life sciences, particularly in oncology, driving business strategy, delivering innovative solutions, and improving patient outcomes. Care partner and advocate for raising awareness about and investment towards Brain Cancer Research, such as Glioblastoma Multiforme and IDH mutant gliomas.