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After the cyber attacks timelines (part I and part II), it’s time to publish the statistics of August 2023 where I have collected and analyzed 336 events, a number relatively high, but in sharp decrease compared to the 384 events of the previous month, indicating that the disclosure trend of new victims of the CVE-2023-34362 MOVEit vulnerability is decreasing.

As usual, Cyber Crime led the Motivations chart and its percentage goes back to values lower than 80% (78.6% vs. 83.3% of July). Operations driven by Cyber Espionage are steady at 8.9% a slight increase compared to July (8.3%). Hacktivism jumped to 8.3% from 2.3%, while Cyber Warfare is also steady to 1.8% from 1.6%.

The Attack Techniques is led by malware back to the top with 35.7% from 28.1%, while attacks carried out through vulnerabilities rank at place number two, plummeting to 17.6% from  41.7% (but bear always in mind that the exploitation of vulnerabilities normally ends up with the installation of malware.) The third place among the known techniques is taken by Account Takeovers down to 9.5% from 12% of July.

The Target Distribution is led again by Multiple Organizations up to 22.9% from 14.3%, ahead of Public Admins, Defense and Social Security with 11.9%, and organizations in the Technical and Professional sectors with 9.8%.

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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.

Events/Day - August 2023

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Daily Trends of Attacks - August 2023

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Motivations - August 2023

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Distribution of Motivations - August 2023

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Attacks - August 2023

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Distribution of Attacks - August 2023

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Targets - August 2023

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Distribution of Targets - August 2023

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Breakdown of Motivations By Sector - August 2023

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Breakdown of Attacks By Sector - August 2023

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Geo Map - August 2023

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