Last Updated on August 18, 2016

It’s time to publish the July statistics derived from the corresponding cyber attacks timelines (Part I and Part II).

As always, let’s start from the Daily Trend Chart. July has seen a peak of activity during the second week with a generally sustained trend across the whole month.

July 2016 Daily Trend

Cyber crime ranks on top of the Motivations Behind Attacks chart with 72.4% (was 69.1% in June). Hacktivism confirms its decreasing trend (13.3% vs. 15.5% in June). Cyber Espionage is substantially stable (9.2% vs. 9.1% in June), whereas Cyberwarfare drops to 5.1% vs. 6.4% in June.

July 2016 Motivations

For the second month in a row, account hijackings rank on top of the known Attack Vectors with 14.3% (was 14.5% in June). Similarly to June, DDoS attacks follow with 12.2% (was 12.7% in the previous month), whereas, again, targeted attacks rank at number three with 11.2% (was 12.7% in June).

July 2016 Vectors

No surprise in the Distribution of Targets chart, since industry leads with 31.6% (a sharp increase in comparison with June when it was 24.5%). Governments rank at number two and soar to 16.3% (was 10% in June), ahead of organizations (12.2% vs. 14.5% in June), single individuals (8.2% vs. 10.9% in June) and Healthcare (7.1%, a strong peak compared to 1.8% in June).

July 2016 Targets

The Industry Drill Down chart sees Software companies on top (16.1%), ahead of Video Games and Telcos.

July 2016 Industry Drill Down

Whereas the actions of Guccifer 2.0 against the Democratic Party, push Political Parties on top of the Organization Drill Down chart.

July 2016 Org Drill Down

As always, bear in mind that the sample refers solely 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 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, and feel free to submit remarkable incidents that in your opinion deserve to be included in the timelines (and charts).

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