September 2019 Cyber Attacks Statistics

And after the two timelines (part I and part II), it’s now time to publish the corresponding statistics. This month I have collected 140 events that confirm the decreasing trend after the 160 collected in August.

The Daily Trend of Events chart shows two peaks in the first and fourth week of the month, a tail at the end of the month and the usual weekend cycle.

In the Motivations Behind Attacks chart, Cyber Crime ranks on top, as usual, with 84,3% vs. 82.6% recorded in August. Cyber Espionage rises slightly to 12.9% from 11.2 while Cyberwarfare falls to 2.1% from 3.7%. No events related to Hacktivism have been detected in this month.

Ransomware pushes Malware on top of the known Attack Techniques chart with 47.9%, back to the levels of July, and with a sharp increase compared with August (32.5%). Account Hijackings are stable at number two with 13.6% (from 19.4%), just like Targeted Attacks, stable at number three but with a slow decrease to 10.7% from 11.9%.

And there is a new change in the Distribution of Targets chart, led by attacks against single individuals with 28.6% (it was 18.1% in August). Multiple industries slide at number two with 16.4% (it was 18.8% in August). Governments (and public administrations in general) are still at number three with 10.7% (it was 13.1% in August), ahead of Education (10% vs. 7.5% in August).

That’s all for now and, 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 threat landscape.

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