Last Updated on November 16, 2016

It’s time to publish the statistics derived from the Cyber Attacks Timelines of October (part I and part II).

Let’s start with the Daily Trends of Attacks, which shows an overall low level activity with two peaks on the 13th and 20th of October.


Unsurprisingly, cyber crime ranks on top of the Motivations Behind Attacks chart with 76.5% (was 80.3% in September). Hacktivism ranks at number two with 17.6% (was 11.3% in September). Cyber Espionage moves to 5.9% from 4.2%, whereas no events related to Cyber Warfare were apparently detected in October.


Malware/POS Malware ranks on top of the known Attack Vectors with 21.6%. Account Hijackings slide at number two with 17.65%, ahead of Targeted Attacks (13.73%).


Once again, the Distribution of Targets is led by industry with 31.4% (was 26.8% in September), followed by Organizations (13.7%, was 11.3% in September), and Single Individuals that soar to 11.8% from 7% of September.


Telcos rank on top of the Industry Drill Down chart with 16.7%, ahead of all other categories.


For the second month in a row, non-profit organizations lead the chart of the Organization Drill Down with 42.9%.


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 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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