49 Cyber Security Statistics and Facts: You Will Be Surprised!

Last updated: July 11, 2018

New technologies, online services and up-to-date gadgets became an integral part of our daily life. New technologies, online services and up-to-date gadgets became an integral part of our daily life. Provided that the society becomes more dependent on information and communications technologies, its protection becomes the issue of utmost importance.

So far, cybersecurity is a pre-requirement for successful development of the information-oriented society and the world in general.

Within this context, we have prepared for you the list of the most breath-taking and newsworthy facts on cyber security.

Hope you dig it!

#1 Netizens from every corner of the world started celebrating International Computer Security Day in the year of 1988. The date is November, 30. Do you want to celebrate it as well? Ensure that your devices and data are protected!

#2 Hacking statistics is REALLY impressive – a cyber attack takes place once per 39 seconds. It is not surprisingly, as about 230 000 new malware patterns appear every day.

#3 Nowadays the number of websites reached the figure of 1.2 billion, whereas the first one was developed and launched in the distant 1991.

#4 The residents of Asian countries are the leaders in the Internet penetration. Thus, over 48% of people living in Asia use the World Wide Web. Others neglect it.

#5 It is never late to change the life… Online life. Thus, Kevin Mitnick was previously known as a hacker. But today he helps a cybersecurity organization.

#6 The Dark Web, which is also known as the Deep Web, is used for criminal activities. The specialists say that the Dark Web is 5000 times larger than the surface web.

“We live in a world where all wars will begin as cyber wars… It’s the combination of hacking and massive, well-coordinated disinformation campaigns.”

Jared Cohen, a businessman

#7 According to the IMD World Competitiveness Center, Israel was the leader in terms of cyber security among 61 investigated countries in 2016. The Shin Bet (local security agency) controls all the spheres including the Internet and electronics production.

#8 The UK national statistics service includes information on cyber crimes into its criminality report.

#9 In the year of 2015 the USA, Germany and the Netherlands were top 3 countries to be the sources of cyber attacks.

In the year of 2015 the USA, Germany and the Netherlands were top 3 countries to be the sources of cyber attacks.

#10 During the period of January – May 2018 DDoS attacks targeted 79 countries. Over 47% of these attacks fall to the share of China.

#11 At the beginning of 2018 China, the USA and South Korea became top targeted countries.

#12 The residents of Asian countries are the leaders in the Internet penetration. Thus, over 48% of people living in Asia use the World Wide Web. Others neglect it.

#13 Taking into consideration phishing statistics 2017 and Wombat Security report, 76% of companies underwent phishing attacks. At the same time 49% of them fell victims of this kind of attacks.

#14 91% of attacks begin with phishing emails.

#15 Cyber attack statistics by country cannot be ignored. Thus, Belgium, Dominican Republic and Hong Kong ate top 3 countries to be the most vulnerable to cyber attacks. However, it doesn’t mean that they are the most targeted by adversaries.

See the next paragraph!

#16 The USA, China and South Korea are the countries that are of interest of hackers.

“Android was built to be very, very secure.”

Sundar Pichai, Google’s SEO

#17 Android malware statistics results surpassed a record high in the year of 2017. Let’s have a look at the figures:

⚓ the number of mobile banking Trojans was 94 368;

⚓ 5 730 916 malware packages installed were detected;

⚓ on average 343 new Android malicious software appeared every hour;

⚓ over 544 000 mobile ransomware Trojans were observed.

#18 The number of new Android malware samples decreased by 8% in 2017 as compare with 2016 and equaled 3 002 482 units.

#19 Despite the fact that more than 700 000 malicious apps were revealed on Google Play, Android remains the leading OS in the world. To be more exact, 73% of smartphones prefer Android to iPhones and other OSes.

#20 Android users from Russia, Australia, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan ere most often attacked by mobile banking Trojans soft.

 “Cyber theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States by far.”

Donald Trump

#21 Resourceful adversaries have found the way to intercept two-factor authentication by means of SS7 protocol vulnerability. O2-Telefonica subscribers were the first who suffered from it.

#22 In 2017 .xlb and .xlam type malware files were introduces. But the leaders were .vbs and .exe malware files.


#23 15.3% of malicious software falls to the share of RoughTed family. During the dead short period of May – June 2017, it infected hundreds of organizations in 150 countries of the world.

#24 Locky is ransomware that appeared in February 2016 and according to the hacking statistics 2017 it became the most prominent. It was distributed through the Internet by means of spam letters and malvertising campaigns.

#25 It may be surprising, but top malware for mobile gadgets in 2017 was Hiddad. It does NOT make users pay money. Hiddad soft is installed on devices to show its owners ads.

#26 The first computer virus was registered in the 1970s. It was distributed through the network under the name APRANET.

“Very smart people are often tricked by hackers, by phishing. I don’t exclude myself from that. It’s about being smarter than a hacker. Not about being smart.”

Harper Reed, an American entrepreneur

#27 Can you imagine how long can a DDoS attack last? The answer is – 297 hours, which equals 12 days and 9 hours.

#28 The history knows many cyber attacks, but the first one was the Morris Warm. In the year of 1988 the virus infected about 6000 computers that belonged to the government and Cornel University.

#29 According to the investigation conducted by Friedrich-Alexander University, 78% of internet users are well-informed about phishing attacks distributed through e-mails. However, they still click on the links in E-mails.

The biggest data breach touched upon Yahoo

#30 The biggest data breach touched upon Yahoo. The data of 3 billion users were stolen. In such a way, hackers got access to people’s names, phone number, emails and other information.

#31 The losses in view of cyber attacks increased by 62% from 2013 to 2017 and equaled $11.7 million.

#32 Equifax cyber attack was the most influential in the UK history. The data of 700 000 British underwent leak.

“When we talk about the Internet of Things, it’s not just putting RFID tags to some dumb things so we smart people know where that dumb thing is. It’s about embedding intelligence so things become smarter and do more that they were proposed to do.”

Nicholas Negroponte, architect

#33 The specialists of Positive Technologies predict 275% increase in IoT-devices by 2020. And now it is the right time to think about cybersecurity.


#34 A casino in North America was cracked through one of “Internet of Things” devices – smart thermometer in aquarium. The resourceful hackers from Finland got access to the database of the casino and stole about 10 GB of significant information.

“SHA-256 is very strong. It’s not like the incremental step from MD5 to SHA1. It can last several decades unless there’s some massive breakthrough attack.

Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder of Bitcoin

#35 As High-Tech Bridge reports, 94% of the most popular Google Play apps (concerned with cryptocurrency) have security flaws (at least 3) and therefore attract hackers. Thus, hackers infect devices with malware and use a processor for a secret mining.

#36 In spring 2017 hundreds of computers were detected while mining cryptocurrency without the will of their owners. Miners used the vulnerability that was used by WannaCry.

#37 ICO cracks became too frequent in 2017. Adversaries use an easy algorithm – they find vulnerabilities on ICO website and substitute digital wallet address. In such a way, Israeli CoinDash lost $7.5 million.

#38 In June 2011 hackers targeted a Japan Bitcoin exchange – Mt.Gox. The damage was over 750 000 BTC.


#39 In the United States only over 1200 breaches were registered in the sphere of healthcare in 2017. Thus, 4.93 million data were stolen.

“Companies spend millions of dollars on firewalls, encryption and secure access devices, and it’s money wasted; none of these measure address the weakest link in the security chain.”

Kevin Mitnick, a hacker

#40 In May 2017 French auto group Renault underwent serious cyberattack. In this regard, several enterprises had to interrupt its work to evade more serious problems.

#41 The losses of Maersk, a shipping company, reached the figures of $300 million in August 2017. It was the consequence of NotPetya cyber attack.

#42 As the FBI’s Internet Crime Center reports, the Business Email Compromise scam has increased by 1 300% since the beginning of 2015.

#43 Unfortunately, not all organizations are serious towards cyber attacks. The numbers prove it. Just think, only 31% of companies took some measures to improve cyber security.

#44 On average, the cost on a company cyber attack is $2.4 million.


#45 What for do you use the web camera of your computer? Shoot videos or communicate via Skype? Ok…But what do you know about webcam manager attacks? Hackers can seize your camera and spy on your secretly.

#46 The Internet made espionage on the Internet a usual phenomenon. Sometimes, people use their devices for years without the knowledge that they are spied on by means of such gadgets. The residents of the USA are the most monitored people in the world.

The Department of Justice in the USA named ransomware a new business model for hackers.

#47 The Department of Justice in the USA named ransomware a new business model for hackers. In fact, small and big organizations around the globe become the victims of ransomware at 40 seconds intervals.

#48 Cybersecurity Ventures reports that the losses due to ransomware in 2017 were $5 billion which is 14 times more than in 2015.

#49 The average cost by ransomware attack is $1 077 and the FBI says that about 4000 ransomware attacks take place daily.

One cannot possibly accept the fact that cyber attack statistics shows that security is under sever threat nowadays. However, information allows us preventing hacking attacks and data theft from our personal devices. That’s exactly why, many netizens entrust their online security to Virtual Private Network providers.

VPNs enable people to:

  • mask their IPs;
  • keep anonymity on the Internet;
  • prevent data theft;
  • access blacklisted content and etc.

VPN services are used by millions of people worldwide. Although the reasons are diverse, the residents of Canada, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the USA predominantly subscribe for VPN services to keep anonymity while surfing the Internet. 

Keep on reading us and you will find more about the Internet security facts, malware statistics and the way to be protected online! Would you like to add anything? Feel free to leave a comment!