After the cyber attacks timelines (part I and part II), it’s time to publish the statistics of December 2022 where I have collected and analyzed 267 events, a value slightly lower than November, but in line with the latest months, a value that confirms the overall high level of cyber activity that has characterized the end of 2022.

Cyber Crime leads the Motivations chart, once again above 80% (82% vs. 86% in November). The operations driven by Cyber Espionage are up to 7.9% from 6.3%. Hacktivism goes down to 3.7% from 5.1%, the same value of Cyber Warfare, up from 1.5%, of the previous month.

Malware is always on top of the Attack Techniques, and once again the growing number of ransomware attacks push its percentage above 40%, to  40.4% from 43.8% from 34.7%, ahead (again) of  Account Takeovers, down to 10.1% from 14%, and the exploitation of of Vulnerabilities at number three, among the known attack techniques, with 8,2%, a value almost double than November (4%). Targeted Attacks are immediately behind with 6.4% from 4.4% of November.

The Target Distribution chart is led, once again, by campaigns against Multiple Organizations, up to 24.3% from 19.1% of November, ahead of governments (10.5% vs. 10.7% in November), the same value of Healthcare, which is in line with the previous month, when it was 11%).

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 December 2022


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