After the cyber attacks timelines (part I and part II), it’s time to publish the statistics of April 2022, once again characterized by the events that are happening in Ukraine. In April I have collected 220 events, and despite this number corresponds to a noticeable decrease compared with the 244 events collected in March, the average level of activity continues to be quite high.

Cyber crime continues to lead the Motivations chart with 65.5%, an increase from 59.8% of March, but much lower than the values of the first two months of 2022 (steadily around 80%). The actions of the Anonymous and their affiliates, keep the Hacktivism stable around 15% (it was 14.3% in March). Similarly the events in Ukraine are also affecting the number of events driven by Cyber Espionage that confirm values similar to the previous month (13.6% vs. 12.7%. Instead, and this is a surprise, Cyber Warfare drops to 4.1% from 10.2%).

Malware continues to lead the Attack Techniques chart with 28,2% confirming the declining trend of the last months (it was 30.7% in March). Once again, account takeovers rank at second place among the known attack techniques with 14.1% (it was 13.1% in March). The exploitation of vulnerabilities ranks at number three with 10.9% (from 7.8%) swapping its place with targeted attacks (10.5% from 8.2%).

As always, the Target Distribution chart is led by attacks against multiple targets with 22.7% (it was 25.8% in March) ahead of governments  with 13.6% (it was 16% in March) and individuals (12.3%). Healthcare organizations slide at number four with 11.4% from 13.9%.

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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