About Me

Falling DownMy name is Paolo Passeri, and I was born 46 (sigh!) years ago in Senigallia, a charming town on the Adriatic coast (County of Le Marche) known for its Velvet Beach. After graduating in (astro)physics from the University of Milan, I moved to Rome and began to cut my teeth on networks and security in Matisse SPA and later in Telindus.

I have been working steadily on computer security industry for more than 15 years. Currently I am a Solutions Architect at Netskope.

After a youth spent fiddling with a ZX Spectrum (16K), the real attraction for networking (and later for security) would break out after many years, in a completely random manner, when I was studying black holes (we were talking about attraction, weren’t we?) at CNR (National Research Council) of Milan. With great surprise I discovered to be more attracted by the animated S of the Mosaic browser, used without any knowledge to browse the catalogs of the Hubble telescope, rather than by black holes and neutron stars that I should have studied.

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103 thoughts on “About Me

  • June 30, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Paulo,
    Greetings from Singapore. Found your detailed information presented in a visually attractive design. May I use your graphics with your kind permission? I will quote your source.

    Hwai Liang

    • June 30, 2019 at 12:59 pm

      Hi Hwai Liang,

      Sure thing! Feel free to use whatever you need. Thanks for asking.



  • September 21, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Paolo, great work! One question please – where do you get your data from? Not trying to duplicate your efforts, just trying to understand where this data is coming from.

  • March 1, 2018 at 4:18 am

    Hi Paolo, I’m wondering if you have a database with all this information? I’m hoping to be able to do fast analytical queries using cyber attack data.

  • November 7, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Excellent work – some suggestions/corrections

    1/ Cyber Attacks Timeline Page Drop-down – only includes 2011 – 2015

    2/ 2017 Timeline Google Doc Links missing or pointing to wrong data set

    16-28 Feb – http://www.hackmageddon.com/2017/03/13/16-28-february-cyber-attacks-timeline/
    Missing Doc Link (image only)

    16-31 Mar 2017 http://www.hackmageddon.com/2017/05/03/16-31-march-2017-cyber-attacks-timeline/
    Links to 1-15 Mar 2017 data https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lLqxWSNySufKFBA_jO6FR_aMNnrakJZDoyVFpVUyqCk/edit?usp=sharing

    1-15 May 2017 http://www.hackmageddon.com/2017/06/14/1-15-may-2017-cyber-attacks-timeline/
    Link is to 1-15 Mar 2017 data https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lLqxWSNySufKFBA_jO6FR_aMNnrakJZDoyVFpVUyqCk/edit?usp=sharing

    3/ Industry Categorisation – may want to use the International Standard for Industrial Classification (ISICv4)


    E.g. 2017 YTD (excluding the missing Feb/Mar & May)

    Grp Category Total
    B Mining and quarrying 1
    C Manufacturing 12
    D Electricity gas steam and air conditioning supply 5
    E Water supply; sewerage waste management and remediation activities 1
    G Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 11
    H Transportation and storage 3
    I Accommodation and food service activities 13
    J Information and communication 55
    K Financial and insurance activities 29
    L Real estate activities 1
    M Professional scientific and technical activities 4
    N Administrative and support service activities 2
    O Public administration and defence; compulsory social security 9
    P Education 25
    Q Human health and social work activities 28
    R Arts entertainment and recreation 22
    S Other service activities 9
    U Activities of extraterritorial organizations and bodies 54
    X Individual 85
    Y Multiple Industries 37
    Z Unknown 3

    • November 14, 2017 at 4:56 am

      Thanks Justin, I will fix the link ASAP. Starting from the timelines of 2018 I will adopt the classification you suggested. Great Advice!

  • June 5, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Hey, i am amazed with the post for cyber attacks visible on your web page ever 15 days. But from past 1 month the updates aren’t on time . May i know the reason ?

    • June 5, 2017 at 7:19 am

      The reason is just time. This is a best effort project 🙂 Few hours more and I will start the post the new ones…

      • June 7, 2017 at 6:48 am

        Sure, but i need for May month by today or tomorrow EOD as i am regular follower of your updates and need every time for presentation purposes.

        • June 7, 2017 at 8:22 am

          @Arush Heuh ? if you NEED something you should get a payed service or assemble the report yourself. A big Thank You to Paolo for his effort would be a better reply.

  • December 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Dear Paolo,
    I would like to use some of your data in my presentations. Obviously I will quote the source.
    Is it possible?

    • December 1, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Sure you can!

  • July 17, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Dear Paolo,
    Like many people who have requested, could I also have your raw data? I am a Phd Student in Finance and for future work I would like to research the impact of cyber attacks on firms’ capital budgeting and corporate decision. Your site is fantastic and having your data would represent a big plus. Thank you Paolo

  • June 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Are we free to use your graphics in presentations and other materials? We will reference the report of course. Please let me know.


  • June 17, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Hello, I too am doing some research for a masters certificate with University of California. I was hoping that I could also gain access or receive an export in excel format of the entire timeline (from 2011 – present).

    I have also emailed view the [email protected] but have not received a response, so I thought I would try here as well.

  • May 19, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Hi Paolo, I discovered your website few days ago. I would like to congratulate first of all. I kindly request if you have relevant data regarding Maritime Cyber Security breach that could be useful to take some decison on the matter in the short future. Thanks .

  • May 10, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Hi Paolo, fist of all I would like to congratulate you for this great effort and dedication very few people have in gathering, classifying and presenting in a very user friendly the information. Im doing an investigation regarding Cyber Risk and Resilience and doing the research found your page/blog. Could you PLEASE share with me your raw data for my investigation? Obviously quote and link the source!! Thanks in advance, and please keep the GREAT work! no much sites with this valuable information.

  • February 28, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Paolo,

    Thank you for the useful resource. I am an undergraduate student writing a research project on cyber terrorism. Is there any chance you can send me the raw data of your timelines in excel format? That would be a huge help.

    Thank you,


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