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It’s time to publish the statistics derived from the Cyber Attacks Timelines of April (part I and part II). In April I have collected 240 significant events, 36 less than the record of March. Ransomware attacks, and the massive exploitation of vulnerabilities continu to  the numbers to new highs..

As always, cyber crime leads the Motivations chart with 88.3% (it was 84.1% in March.) Malware accounts for nearly 50% of attacks (48.3%, but the real value could be even higher since some malware-based attacks are filed as “Unknown” since the victims do not disclose enough information) and hence continues to lead the Attack Techniques chart (it was 34.1% in March.) Attacks carried out via the exploitation of vulnerabilities rank at number two among the known techniques, and continue to also make an impact, despite the value (10.8%) is down from March (when it was 18.1%).

And finally multiple industries retain the leadership of the Target Distribution chart with 18.8%, a value similar to the 19.9% recorded in March, ahead of single individuals (mainly due to phishing campaigns), governments, and technical activities.

The statistics are also available as an infographic.

As always bear in mind that the sample refers exclusively to the attacks included in my timelines, available from public sources such as blogs and news sites. Obviously the sample cannot be complete, but only aims to provide an high level overview of the threat landscape.

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