QuoIntelligence’s Weekly Intelligence Snapshot for the week of 17 – 23 August 2023 is now available! Find a summary here and subscribe to our mailing list below if you want to receive regular updates from us!

Want to read the full story? Subscribe to our newsletter to access the complete Weekly Intelligence Snapshot. Don’t miss out on more intelligence!

Cyber Highlights


Microsoft Adds Python Interpreter To Excel Resulting in Potential Security Implications

Industry impacted: Information Technology 

Microsoft announced Excel for Windows will gain a functionality to run Python code in formulas allowing the use of extended data analysis and visualization functions provided by Python and its libraries. Yet, this new feature has security implications related to the possibility of executing malicious scripts, essentially introducing an execution vector similar to macro execution.


Industries impacted: Communication Services, Consumer Discretionary, Financials, Government, Health Care, Industrials, Information Technology

  • New NoFilter Tool Could Allow Threat Actors to Gain Access to Windows SYSTEM
  • Global Play Ransomware Campaign Targets Managed Service Providers Across Multiple Industries
  • Akira Ransomware Targets Cisco VPNs to Breach Organizations
  • Researchers Find Cyberattacks On Financial Institutions Nearly Double Since 2021 And Result In 254 Million Leaked Records
  • Threat Actors Used Spacecolon Toolkit to Spread Scarab Ransomware Variants to Organizations Worldwide

Geo Highlights

The EU Commission To Exercise Increased Scrutiny On Small Mergers

Industry impacted: Industrials, Information Technology

After the European Commission said last week it will use a competition tool that has hardly been used to assess two mergers that do not meet the necessary notifications thresholds under the EU Merger Regulation, QuoIntelligence analyzes the Commission’s stringent scrutiny on small mergers.


Industries impacted: Industrials, Information Technology

  • BRICS Summit Explores Expansion and Geopolitical Goals
  • German Industries Raise Concerns Over Impending EU Carbon Border Tariff Challenges
  • German Investment Guarantees in China Decrease as Dependency Concerns Grow
  • Big Tech braces for EU Digital Services Act regulations


  • 8 August – WARNING! Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Releases Patches For 87 Flaws, Including Two Zero-Day Vulnerabilities

Latest Reports & Finished Intelligence

(Sent to PREMIUM Customers only)


  • 3 August – [Podcast (in German)]
    QuoIntelligence Raises Millions for Threat Intelligence Service
    Startup Insider interviews QuoIntelligence’s VP Threat Advisory, Jörg Schauff to find out more about our successful EUR 5M seed funding round and how we help organizations significantly reduce operational risk and make informed security decisions with timely threat intelligence tailored to their needs.

Interested in becoming a premium customer? Let’s talk