October 2019 Cyber Attacks Statistics

Finally my effort of catching up with the blog updates is over (at least for now), and I can publish the statistics for October, statistics derived from the corresponding timelines (part I and part II) that I published recently. This month I have collected 156 events, a value comparable to August (160), and around 11% higher than September (140).

The Daily Trend of Events chart shows three peaks at the beginning and end of the month, and during the second week. As usual, in most cases the activities show a break during the weekend, but this is probably a consequence of the fact that news of the attacks (when they are not directly “advertised” by the authors) are not published during the weekend.

In the Motivations Behind Attacks chart, Cyber Crime ranks on top, as usual, with 80.1% vs 84,3% recorded in September. Cyber Espionage rises again to 16% from 12.9%. Hacktivism takes the third position with 2.6%, while Cyber Warfare falls again to 1.3% from 2.1%.

Malware is always on top of the known Attack Techniques chart but its percentage plunges to 35.3% from 47.9%. Targeted attacks jump at number two among the known attack techniques with 14.7% (vs. 10.7% in September), ahead of account hijackings that slightly decrease (12.2% from 13.6%).

For the second month in a row, attacks against single individuals lead the Distribution of Targets chart, with 16.7% (it was 28.6% in September). Once again, they precede the attacks against multiple industries (14.1% vs 16.4%). Healthcare targets take the number three with 13.5%, ahead of Governments with 12.2%

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.

Keep on supporting the blog, and of course follow @paulsparrows on Twitter for the latest updates. Also feel free to submit remarkable incidents that in your opinion deserve to be included in the timelines (and charts).

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