Last Updated on December 14, 2019

Finally I can summarize all the events and statistics collected in 2018, quite a complicated year from an infosec perspective. For those of you that keep asking, every two weeks (more or less) I publish a timeline with the main cyber attacks occurred in that period. Every timeline contains the link with the details of the events, and finally, every month (more or less), the timelines are aggregated to provide a statistical overview of the period. Moreover, the taxonomy of the categories is inherited from the International Standard Industrial Classification

So during 2018, I have collected a total of 1337 events that you can find in the following table (and after the table you will find the statistics):

Now, let’s have a closer look at the statistics derived from the mega timeline of 2018. The first chart compares the total events in 2017 and 2018 on a monthly basis. Clearly, with the sole exception of August, the level of activity has been constantly higher in 2018.

The daily detail is provided in the following charts, which also shows the breakdown for each category. The chart is interactive so you can see the single value scrolling over it. You can also select the single categories for each year.

The following charts compare the distribution of motivations between 2017 and 2018: as expected also in 2018 cyber crime leads the chart with an increase of nearly 5 points in comparison to 2017. All the other motivations (cyber espionage, hacktivism and cyber warfare) has experienced a decrease in 2018.

The following charts compare the monthly distributions broken down across the different categories for  2018 and 2017:

Malware (and I would add unsurprisingly) leads the chart of the Top 10 Attack Techniques:

While individuals are still the preferred targets for cyber criminals:

The following chart shows the breakdown of motivations for each target sector. Please notice the influence of cyber crime for the healthcare sector.

And I think that for 2018 is pretty much everything. Feel free to share the links and use the data (for personal purposes) as needed. Also remember that this is only the tip of the iceberg, and obviously my stats can’t be comprehensive. My humble mission is just to rise the awareness and keep the level of attention on the cyber threats constantly high.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. himanshu

    hello sir. i have been working on a project related to cyber attacks. i really appreciate the workl that u do. ur website has helped me get a lot of good insights related to cyber attacks. i just want to know if its possible to download ur statistics ? it will ease out a lot of work for a lot of people.

    1. Paolo Passeri

      Please give me a valid gmail address (you can send it to and I will give you access.

  2. Hung

    Thank you for this comprehensive summary. Please keep up the good work.

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