March 2017 Cyber Attacks Statistics

I know, I have been busy lately so I am behind schedule with the posts. Luckily I am trying to catch up, so here are the statics for March 2017 derived from the corresponding timelines (part I and part II).

Let’s start with the Daily Trend of Attacks, which shows clearly two peaks in the central weeks.

As usual, Cyber Crime leads the Motivations chart, with a staggering 86.2% (was 64.5% in February). Cyber Espionage drops to 9.2% from the surprising 22.4% of the previous month. Hacktivism reports a modest 4.6% (3 events).

Malware is still on top of the Attack Vectors chart with 26.2% (was 23.7% in February). Similarly to February targeted attacks rank at number two among the known techniques with 10.8% (it was 18.4% in February), the same value reported by Account Hijackings (it was 9.2% in February).

The Distribution of Targets Chart is led by Industries (21.5% vs 28.9% in February), once again ahead of Governments (16.9% vs 25% in February) and Single Individuals (16.9% vs 9.2%).

Software companies lead the Industry Drill Down chart ahead of Finance and online tickets.

This month the Organization Drill Down Chart is not particularly meaningful has I have recorded only three events.

As always, bear in mind that the sample refers exclusively to the attacks included in my timelines, aiming 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, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 (regularly updated). You may also want to have a look at the Cyber Attack Statistics.

Of course follow @paulsparrows on Twitter for the latest updates, and feel free to submit remarkable incidents that in your opinion deserve to be included in the timelines (and charts).

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