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I have aggregated the statistics created from the cyber attacks timelines published in the second quarter of 2021, derived from 628 events (6.9 events per day), down from the 713 events (7.9 events/day) collected in the previous quarter.

With the only exception of May, this year continues to show a higher level of activities in comparison with the previous year, in terms of both number and impact. Cyber crime leads the Motivations chart with 87.6% (it was 86% in Q1 2021.) Malware continues to lead the Attack Techniques chart jumping to 45.9% (it was 32.3% in Q1 2021, but you must consider that too many ransomware attacks appear as “Unknown”.) Multiple industries lead the Target Distribution chart with 17.7% (it was 16.7% in Q1 2021).

Similarly to Q1, the impact of vulnerabilities continues to be clearly visible in the Daily Impact chart.

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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