Last Updated on August 10, 2015
It’s time to aggregate the data collected from the Cyber Attacks Timelines of June (part I and part II) into statistics.
Nothing new under the July sun, for what concerns the Country Distribution, which is steadily dominated by the US in all sectors. Canada deserves a special mention for this month though. The country was under the digital fire of the Hacktivists and their OpC51, and this explains the red circle that makes it emerge over the other nations.
The Daily Trend of Attacks chart shows quite an heterogeneous shape throughout the month with a predominant peak during the second week and an apparent break towards the end.
As usual, Cyber Crime ranks on top of the Motivations Behind Attacks, but its percentage drops to 59.5% from 68.5% of May. For what concerns hactktivism, despite the actions of the Anonymous collective against Canada, the data reports a slight decrease (21.4% vs 22.5% of May). The operations motivated by Cyber Espionage rank at number three and soar to 16.7%, I do not remember to have ever recorded such a similar value.
And for the first time, targeted attacks rank on top of the Attack Techniques chart (among the known attacks) with a stunning 14.3%. Their momentum continues and June was particularly meaningful (even a security company like Kaspersky fell victim. Defacements are substantially in line with May (13.1%), whereas malware-based attacks jump to an aggregated 10.7%. SQLi drops to 8.3% whereas DDoS reports a poor 4.8%.
For the tenth month in a row, industry ranks on top of the Distribution of Targets chart with 32.1%, reporting an important increase compared to 24.7% of May. Governments rank at number two with 20.2% (exactly the same value of the previous month), while attacks towards single individuals confirm the third place with 7.1%. Educational targets are stable at 6.0%, substantially in line with 5.6% of May.
The Industry Drill Down chart sees software companies on top (25.9%), whereas E-Commerce sites plummet at the second place (11.1%), just ahead of Telcos and Hospitality (7.4% both). Once again, the Organization Drill Down chart is not particularly meaningful this month.
As usual, the sample must be taken very carefully since it refers only to discovered 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 and now 2015 (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, andfeel free to submit remarkable incidents that in your opinion deserve to be included in the timelines (and charts).
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Hello. I would like to know where did you get the data?
The statistics are derived from the Cyber Attack Timelines that I publish on a bi-weekly basis (the text of the post has a link of them). Every Timeline is now in tabular format, and the last right hand column contains the link to that specific event.
At the very least, these statistics prove that proactive risk assessment and management of rules and policies in the firewall environment are absolutely critical for a solid and robust security posture, both for industry and for government. This is made even more interesting when BYOD and cloud are added to the structure. Thank you Paolo for the excellent article.
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