April 2019 Cyber Attacks Statistics

It’s time to publish the statistics derived from the timelines of April (Part I and Part II), a month in which I have collected a total of 155 events, a 10% increase compared with March, when this number was 141.

According to the Daily Trend of Events chart, two peaks have been recorded in the second and fourth weeks. Despite the level of activity has been quite sustained globally, the breaks during the weekends are clearly visible.

Unsurprisingly, Cyber Crime ranks on top of the Motivations Behind Attacks chart with a slight increase (81.9%) compared to 79.4% recorded in March. Cyber Espionage is exactly at the same value of March (14.2%) from 7.3%). Cyberwarfare drops to 2.6% from 4%, while Hacktivism gets a tiny 1.3% (it was 2.1% in March).

Malware leads the known Attack Techniques chart, but its percentage drops to 32.3% from 41.1%. Phishing Attacks push account hijackings to 20.6% from 14.2%. Targeted attacks rank at number three with 14.2%, ahead of vulnerabilities that drop to 6.5 from 11.3% (always a remarkable value though).

For the fourth month in a row, single individuals rank on top of the Targets chart, but their percentage continue to reduce, and it’s now 17.4% from 20.6%. Once again they are ahead of multiple targets (15.5% vs 17.7% in March), and governments, essentially stable at 12.9% (it was 12.8% in March).

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”.

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