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After the cyber attacks timelines (part I and part II), it’s time to publish the statistics of September 2023 where I collected and analyzed 381 events, one of the highest values collected so far in 2023, up from the 342 events of August, and close to the 384 events collected in July.

As usual, Cyber Crime led the Motivations chart with 77.2%, a percentage lower than 80% for the second month in a row, and close to 78.6% of the previous month. Operations driven by Cyber Espionage grew to 11.5% from 8.9%, while Hacktivism plummeted to 4.7% from 8.3% from 2.3%, while with only 2 events, Cyber Warfare earned a tiny 0.5% from 1.8%.

The Attack Techniques chart is led by Malware with 38.1% from 35.7%, while attacks carried out through vulnerabilities rank at place number two, with 16.3%, slightly down from 17.6%. The third place among the known techniques is taken by Targeted Attacks with 8.7%, ahead of Account Takeovers (8.2%) that ranked at number two in August.

The Distribution of Targets is led again by Multiple Organizations down to 16.8% from 22.9%, ahead of Healthcare with 13.4% and Finance with 10%. Public Admins, Defense and Social Security slid at number four with 9.5%, ahead of Technical and Professional targets with 8.2%.

Check out the interactive charts and the statistics, also available as an infographic. And as always, please support my work, sharing the content, and of course follow @paulsparrows on Twitter, or even connect on Linkedin, or Mastodon for the latest updates for the latest updates.

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 - September 2023

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Daily Trends of Attacks - September 2023

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Motivations - September 2023

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Distribution of Motivations - September 2023

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Attacks - September 2023

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Distribution of Attacks - September 2023

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Targets - September 2023

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Distribution of Targets - September 2023

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Breakdown of Motivations By Sector - September 2023

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Breakdown of Attacks By Sector - September 2023

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Geo Map - September 2023

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