Last Updated on March 3, 2020

And finally, let’s publish the last monthly statistics for the past year, summarizing the data contained in the December 2019 Cyber Attacks Timelines (part I and part II). December has been quite an active month since I have collected 157 events (a value very close to the one recorded in November).

The Daily Trend of Events shows very well this continuous high level of activity, with a peak in the third week, and a predictable apparent break immediately after Christmas.

Cyber crime continues to lead the Motivations Behind Attacks chart with a value very close to November (85.4% vs 85.9%). Cyber Espionage grows to 11.5% from 8.1%, whilst Cyber Warfare closes the chart with 3,2% corresponding to 5 events). Interestingly I haven’t collected any events related to Hacktivism.

The podium of the Attack Techniques chart is similar to the one reported in November. Again, due to the numerous ransomware attacks, malware ranks on top with 44.6% (it was 49.6% in November). Account hijackings are still at number two with 15.9% (it was 16.3% in November), while targeted attacks are still at number three with 8.9 (it was 8.1% in November), along with malicious script injections as we have seen a rise in Magecart attack in the holiday season.

Governmental organizations and single individuals take the lead of the Distribution of Targets chart with 15.9% (against respectively 8.1% and 19.3% in November), followed by multiple industries (12.1% vs 14.8% in November) and healthcare (10.2% vs 12.6% in November).

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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