May 2018 Cyber Attacks Statistics

It’s time to publish the statistics derived from the Cyber Attacks Timelines of May (Part I and Part II). Let’s start saying that this month I have recorded a larger number of events than April: 116 vs 99, equivalent to a 18% increase.




The Daily Trend of Attacks chart shows a peak in the middle of the month and a slightly decreasing activity in the last two weeks.

Cyber Crime confirms its first position in the Motivations Behind Attacks, with practically the same percentage of April (81% vs 80.8%). Cyber Espionage is equally stable with 10.3% (against 11.1% in April), followed by Cyber Warfare (5.2% vs 3% in April), and Hacktivism (3.4% vs 5.1% in April).

Once again, malware is stable on top of the Attack Vectors chart with 31.9% (it was 27.3% in April). And once again, account Hijackings are also stable at number two with 21.6% (it was 17.2% in April). And… Once again, targeted attacks get the third place with 12.9% (it was 12.1% in April).

Industries and single individuals lead the Distribution of Targets chart with 18.1 (they were respectively 18.2% and 25.3%). Public administration, defence and social security rank at number three with 10.3% from 15.2%.

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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