January 2013 Cyber Attacks Statistics

Here are the statistics related to the Cyber Attacks included inside the January 2013 Cyber Attacks Timelines. A terrible month that has seen an unprecedented number of Cyber Attacks.

The Daily Trend Of Attacks emphasizes the peak in the second half of January, in particular the 24th has seen a surprisingly high rate due to the massive (and last, at least so far) wave of DDoS attacks against the U.S. Banks.

Daily Trend January 2013

The Motivations Behind Attacks Chart confirms the influence of hacktivism in this early 2013. More than half of the attacks (more precisely the 56%) were motivated by this reason. From this point of view the new year begins in a complete different way than 2012 when, despite the peak of attacks on the wake of the Megaupload shutdown, Cyber Crime led the chart with the 54% (against the 40% motivated by Hacktivism).

Motivations January 2013

Easily predictable, the plenty of attacks against U.S. Banks has brought the DDoS on top of the Distribution Of Attack Techniques Chart with almost the 40% of occurrences. SQLi follows closely with the 33%. It is interesting to notice the relatively high impact of Targeted Attacks (3.8%) mainly due to the sudden disclosure of (purported) Chinese Cyber Attacks against U.S. Media.

Distibution January 2013

Again, the attacks against U.S. Banks push the finance targets on top of the Distribution Of Targets Chart, ten points ahead of Governmental targets that, at least for this time, rank at the second place with the 21% of occurrences. Targets belonging to industry rank at the third place with the 13%.

Distribution Of Targets January 2013

Even in this promising 2013, no need to remind that the sample must be taken very carefully since it refers only to discovered attacks included in the January 2013 Cyber Attacks Timeline (the so-called tip of the iceberg), and hence it does not pretend to be exhaustive but only aims to provide an high level overview of the “cyber landscape”.

If you want to have an idea of how fragile our data are inside the cyberspace, have a look at the timelines of the main Cyber Attacks in 2011, 2012 and now 2013 (regularly updated). You may also want to have a look at the Cyber Attack Statistics, and follow @paulsparrows on Twitter for the latest updates.

Also, feel free to submit remarkable incidents that in your opinion deserve to be included in the timelines (and charts).

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