Last Updated on November 16, 2017

As I regularly try to do it each month (more or less), it’s finally time to publish the statistics derived from the October Cyber Attacks Timelines (Part I and Part II).

And as I regularly do each month, let’s start from the Daily Trend of Attacks chart, which shows a peak during the second week, a general decreasing trend and some breaks during the weekends (the feeds I normally use publish less articles and also the crooks deserve some rest).

Once again, Cyber Crime leads the Motivations Behind Attacks chart with 73.4% (was 85,5% in September), back to the levels of August. Cyber Espionage confirms its momentum, soaring to 21.3% from 11.8%. The events in Catalonia grant to Hacktivism a tiny 4.3% (was 1.3% in September), whereas Cyber Warfare close the chart with 1.1%, stable at the levels of September).

The Attack Vectors chart sees the Malware and (for the first time) Targeted attacks on top, with 23.4% each (malware was 31.6% in September, whereas targeted attacks counted for 14.5%). Account Hijackings are stable at number three among the known attack techniques with 17% (was 9.2% in September).

Industrial targets take back the sceptre of the Distribution of Targets chart with 24.5% (was 13.2% in September) and share it with Single Individuals, still the favourite target for criminals (it was 28.9% in September). Governments grows slightly to 11.7% from 10.5%.

The Industry Drill Down Chart is extremely fragmented showing a variety of targets for this month.

…. Similarly to the Organization Drill Down chart led by Software.

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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