During August 2021, I have collected 170 events that I can finally aggregate into (hopefully useful) statistics. This number represents a 10% decrease in comparison to the 186 events collected in July that confirms a generally decreasing Summer trend.

Cyber crime leads the Motivations chart and with its 87.6% is back to the values of June (from 78.5%, in August). Similarly, Malware continues to dominate the Attack Techniques chart with 43.5%, up from 40.3% recorded in July (and once again bear in mind that the real value could be even higher than this, since some malware-based attacks are filed as “Unknown” as the victims do not disclose enough information.) What is also significant to note, is the growing impact of vulnerabilities that now account for roughly one event out of ten (and curiously the percentage of August and July is the same).

And similarly to the previous month, attacks against multiple targets keep the leadership of the Target Distribution chart with 25.9% (from 23.1% of July) ahead of healthcare and public administration targets.

Check out the interactive charts and the statistics, 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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