April 2018 Cyber Attacks Timeline

It’s time to publish the statistics derived from the cyber attacks timelines of April (part I and part II).




As always, let’s start from the Daily Trend of Attacks chart, which shows a clear increase in the number of events in the second half of the month.

Cyber Crime ranks steadily on top of the Motivations Behind Attacks, increasingly its percentage to 80.8% from 76.5% in March. Cyber Espionage slides to 11.1% from 19.4%. For the first time in 2018, hacktivism takes over cyber warfare. The events mostly in Italy lead its percentage to 5.1 from 1%. Cyber warfare closes the chart with 3% confirming the same value of April.

Malware is stable on top of the Attack Vectors chart with 27.3% (it was 39.8% in March). Account Hijackings are also stable at number two with 17.2% (it was 18.4% in March), and, again, targeted attacks confirm their third place with 14.1%.

Single Individuals lead the Distribution of Targets also in April with 25.3% (it was 22.4% in March). Similarly to March, multiple targets rank at number two with 18.2% (it was 15.3%), ahead of Public Administration (at the third place in March as well) growing to 15.2% from 11.2%.

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, 2016, and 2017 (regularly updated). You may also want to have a look at the Cyber Attack Statistics, and 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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