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2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics

In this page I am collecting all the statistics derived from the Cyber Attacks Timelines on a monthly basis.

Again, no need to repeat that data must be taken very carefully since they do refers only to discovered attacks (the so-called tip of the iceberg), and hence do not pretend to be exhaustive but only aim to provide an high level overview of the global Cyber Landscape.

2012 Attack Distribution

If you want, you may have a look at the timelines of the main Cyber Attacks in 2011 and 2012 (regularly updated), and do not forget to follow @paulsparrows on Twitter for the latest updates (on a bi-weekly basis).

December 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics
November 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics
October 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics
September 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics
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July 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics
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February 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics
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December 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics

Motivations December 2012

Distribution December 2012

Targets December 2012

November 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics

Motivations Nov 2012

Techniques Nov 2012

Targets Nov 2012

October 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics

September 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics

August 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics

 July 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics

 June 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics

 May 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics

 April 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics

 March 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics

February 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics


January 2012 Cyber Attacks Statistics

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  1. Alex
    September 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm | #1

    Could you please inform me how do you define the categories of cyber war, cyber crime, cyber espionage and so on? I am really interested in your statistics and your timelines as I need to find a data record of all cyber attacks on a monthly basis as much back in time as possible.
    Thank you in advanve for your time and consideration

    • September 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm | #2

      Hi Alex, sorry for my late reply.
      My parameters to define the categories are quite simple.
      Hacktivism includes those cyber attacks performed to promote (or motivated by) political or social scopes,
      Cyber Crime includes those cyber attacks performed to harm people, by exposing information or stealing data, for lucrative purposes, or simply “for the lulz”,
      It is much more harder to discriminate between Cyber Warfare and Cyber Espionage, since sometimes they are two faces of the same coin and, in my opinion, the two categories overlap. If a state illicitly infiltrates an enemy nation to damage systems and/or information, it executes an action of cyber war. If a state illicitly infiltrates an enemy nation to steal information or project plans, it executes an action of cyber espionage. Sometimes states illicitly infiltrate other states to damage systems and steal information. In my classification I use the term cyber espionage to define attacks aimed at the sole thieft of information (without apparent damages).
      Hopes it helps and forgive my delay.

      • February 18, 2013 at 6:28 pm | #3

        Cyber warfare is such a poor term. Saying cyber warfare is akin to say “Intelligence Warfare” or “Logistics Warfare”. IMHO what you describe is sabotage (if you want to append cyber in front of it, I guess that is O.K.).

  2. November 15, 2012 at 7:41 am | #4

    Would you be interested in posting some of the raw data? I’d like to do some research and analysis on them as well. Good work, and thanks for doing all this. :)

  3. anil
    January 16, 2013 at 2:42 am | #6

    Do we use the statistics at our presentations?

  4. Ray
    January 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm | #8

    I am very interested as well. I’m currently in Grad school at AMU and I’m writing two papers on this exact subject, including the comparisons between Cyber -Warfare, -Activism, -Terrorism. One must include timelines and statistics, which is how I got to this page in the first place. …….and I’m VERY generous with citing sources as it is required for research papers. I’d appreciate any help. Thanks

    Cheers
    Ray

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