April 2020 Cyber Attacks Statistics

Let’s go with the statistics derived from the cyber attacks timelines of April (part I and part II). This month I have collected and analyzed 189 events, so the overall level is still high and in line with February (186) and March (179). Undoubtedly the pandemic continues to characterize the threat landscape.

The Daily Trend chart, confirms the consistent activity with a peak in the central week.

Cyber crime is always on top of the Motivations Behind Attacks chart with in practice the same percentage of March (86.8% vs. 86.6%). Similarly to Cyber Espionage shows again a light increase (11.1% vs 11.7%). Cyber Warfare and Hacktivism gets respectively a tiny 1.6% (vs. 1.1% in March) and 0.5% (vs. no events in March).

Malware is always on top of the Attack Techniques chart, with 35.4% (it was 38,5% in March). COVID-19 themed attacks push account hijackings, at number two, to 19.6% from 16.8%. Similarly to March, targeted attacks close the top trio of the known attack vectors plummeting to 6.9% from 12,3% recorded in March.

The attacks against multiple targets lead the Distribution of Targets chart with 25.4% (it was 21,2% in March), ahead of attacks against single individuals, sliding at number two with 21.2% (they ranked at number one with 25.1% in March). Healthcare targets rank at number three with 10.1%).

As always bear in mind that the sample refers exclusively to the attacks included in my timelines, which can’t obviously complete, and only aims to provide an high level overview of the threat landscape.

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