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After the cyber attacks timelines (part I and part II), it’s time to publish the statistics of October 2023 where I collected and analyzed 374 events, slightly down from the , up from the 381 events of September.

As usual, Cyber Crime led the Motivations chart with 76.7%, a percentage lower than 80% for the third month in a row, and close to 77.2% of the previous month. Operations driven by Cyber Espionage went down to 8.3% from 11.5%, while Hacktivism, fueled by the Middle  East war, doubled its percentage and ranked at number two with 9.4% from 4.7% of September. With just 4 events, Cyber Warfare doubled its modest percentage to 1.1% from 0.5%.

The Attack Techniques chart is led by Malware with 34.2%, down from 38.1%, while attacks carried out through the exploitation vulnerabilities ranked at place number two, with 15.2%, slighty down from 16.3%. The third place among the known techniques is taken by Account Takoeovers with 11%, up from 8.2%. Last but not least, Targeted Attacks are down to 6.1% from 8.7%.

The Distribution of Targets is led again by Multiple Organizations up to 19.3% from 16.8%, ahead of operations against individuals (10.7%,) with the same value than Healthcare down from 13.4% of the previous month.

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 X (formerly 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 - October 2023

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Daily Trends of Attacks - October 2023

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Motivations - October 2023

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Distribution of Motivations - October 2023

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Attacks - October 2023

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Distribution of Attacks - October 2023

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Targets - October 2023

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Distribution of Targets - October 2023

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Breakdown of Motivations By Sector - October 2023

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Breakdown of Attacks By Sector - October 2023

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Geo Map - October 2023

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