After the corresponding cyber attacks timelines (part I and part II), it’s time to publish the statistics of May 2022 once again, unsurprisingly, characterized by the events that are happening in Ukraine. In May I have Ascollected 223 events, perfectly in line with the results of April (when the total was 222 events.)

As always, Cyber Crime leads the Motivations chart with 70.4%, an important increase compared to 65.5% of April. Despite the value is growing, it is still lower than the average (around 80%) normally recorded before the Russian invasion in Ukraine. In particular, during May, the campaigns motivated by Cyber Espionage played a very important role (13.5% essentially in line with the 13.6% of April), at the expenses of Hacktivism that fell to 9.9% from 15%. On the other hand, Cyber Warfare shows a small increase to 4,5% from 4.1% in April.)

Malware continues to lead the Attack Techniques chart with 29.1% (it was 28,2%  in April, changing for the first time, the declining trend of the last months. Once again, account takeovers rank at second place among the known attack techniques with 15.2% (it was 14.1% in April): the phishing attacks against NFT collectors seem to be fruitful. And, the opposite of what happened in April, targeted attacks confirm their value at 10.3% (it was 1o.5% in April), and swap their place with vulnerabilities that slide at rank number four (among the known attack vectors) with 7.6% (down from 10.9%.)

There is no surprise in the Target Distribution chart, since it is led, once again, by attacks against multiple targets with 25.1% (it was 22.7% in April) ahead of healthcare organizations (yes the ransomware attacks are back) with 13.5%, a value similar to April when it was 13.9%. Governments rank at number three with 12.6% (down from 13.6% of April) and individuals (10.8% vs. 12.3%).

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.

Geo Map May 2022

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