Here are the statistics for the main cyber attacks collected during the first half or March and reported inside the corresponding Timeline.
The Daily Trend chart shows quite an heterogeneous shape, with a peak occurring on the 13th mainly due to the wave of defacements against high profiles Philippine governmental targets. Instead the wave of DDoS attacks in the Czech Republic is the cause of the peaks occurred during the 4th, the 6th and the 7th.
The Motivations Behind Attacks chart shows a revamp of Cyber Crime, at number one with the 49% of attacks (against the 31% of the previous month). However the influence of hacktivism remains equally high (48%).
The Distribution Behind Attacks is influenced by the waves of attacks in Czech Republic and by the third phase of the Operation Ababil. As a consequence the DDoS flies at the first place of the chart, slightly above the 50%, and well beyond SQLi that ranks at the second place with “only” 13.2% of occurrences.
But the effect of the wind of hacktivism does not end here. In fact the Distribution of Targets chart puts financial targets at number one with 27.5% of occurrences, immediately above governmental (26.4%) and twice as higher as news media, at number three with 14.3 of occurrences. It is interesting to note the “fall” of the targets belonging to industry, that, in the first two weeks of March, collected a “poor” 9.9% (but maybe this is one of those chart in which the smaller the value, the better it is).
I will never give up repeating that the sample must be taken very carefully and does not pretend to be exhaustive, since it refers only to discovered attacks included in the 1-15 March Cyber Attacks Timeline (the so-called tip of the iceberg). The purpose is only to provide an high level overview of the “cyber landscape”.
In any case, 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).
- February 2013 Cyber Attacks Statistics (hackmageddon.com)
- 1-15 March 2013 Cyber Attacks Timeline (hackmageddon.com)