Staggering Cyber Security Statistics Amidst Pandemic Hit Q2 2020

Cyber Security Statistics


Are you concerned about where cyber security stands in this Covid-19 hit situation? You may be wanting to know some figures about cyber security and cyber attacks considering your business as most of you are operating remotely!


Cyber attacks are ever-evolving with cybercriminals coming up with innovative game plans to penetrate every vulnerable IT infrastructure. The Covid-19 pandemic situation has just added to this vulnerability and spiked the cases of cyber attacks and data theft globally. 


Organizations adopting a remote working set-up has been attributed to these ever-increasing cyber attacks. Let’s walk through some staggering statistics of how the cyber world has been hit hard during the Covid-19 pandemic in Q2 2020.


According to BusinessLine, The Hindu report:


  1. The detection of pandemic-related cyber attacks grew by a massive 605% in Q2 2020.
  2. Cyber threat detection in Science and Technology has increased by 91%.
  3. Cyber security incidents also increased by 10% in the Manufacturing sector.
  4. Attacks on cloud services users reached nearly 7.5 million in the second quarter, given to the fact that cloud services being popular with people working from home.
  5. Publicly disclosed security incidents increased by 22% in Q2 2020, out of which:
    • 35% were malware attacks
    • 17% were account hijacking, and 
    • 9% were targeted attacks
  6. On average, this quarter observed 419 new threats per minute with new malware samples increasing 11.5%
  7. Mobile malware spiked 15% due to the surge in the use of Android Mobby Adware.
  8. A significant rise of 103% has been reported in Microsoft Office Malware.
  9. A new innovative threat, PowerShell malware attacks rose by 117% in Q2 2020.
  10. Due to the increase in Gafgyt and Mirai’s Internet of Things activity, the Linux malware attack rose 22%.

Prime Reasons Behind Cyber Attacks

There are different types of methods in cyber attacks which are followed by cybercriminals globally to hack computer systems. Likewise, there are varied reasons and purposes behind these attacks. The prime reasons behind cyber attacks can be categorized into 6 types which we have mentioned below:


  • Making a Political or Social Point: Hackers can attack everything from governments, politicians, society, big brand companies to current…