State of Cyber Attacks 2018 – A big Overview about Cybercrime [Infographic]

Phishing, Trojans, Ransomware and Viruses: Hardly a day goes by without hacker attacks against companies or private individuals.  This huge LUCY Infographic shows the explosion of internet crime



State of Cyber Crime 2018 – Numbers in detail


  • In the United States by Internet crime caused damage in 2001:17.8 million USD.
  • In the United States by Internet crime caused damage in 2016: 1.45 billion USD.


The most frequently attacked applications are the browser and Android devices with a total of 75 %.

Number of infected devices by selected malicious programs:

  • IloveYou” (2000): 50 million
  • “Sasser” (2004): 1 million
  • “Storm” (2007): 10 million
  • “Conficker” (2009): 2.9 million


  • Number of all detected malware by 2005: 1.7 million
  • Number of all detected malware by 2017: 600 million


Budget of Microsoft’s bounty fund to seize malware programmers: 5 million


Distribution of attacks on Windows by malware type in 2016:

  • Viruses 49,2 Precedent
  • Trojan generally 30.3 percent
  • Worms 11.5 percent
  • Scripts 4.32 percent
  • Backdoors 0.87 percent
  • Ransomware 0.87 percent


Strength of a DDoS attack of the malware Mirai of 2016: 620 Gbit / s

Daily new malicious programs: 390,000


The computer worm MyDoom holds the record for the fastest spreading rate to date, it was in every twelfth e-mail in 2004, slowing down the world’s Internet access by 10 percent.


Estimated number of civilian Red Hacker Alliance in China: 100,000


  • Malware detection rate Windows devices: 77.22%
  • Malware detection rate for Android devices: 5.83%


52 percent of all malicious programs are distributed via “.com” domains

The smallest virus family to date is called “Mini” or “Trivial” and is, in some variants, only 13 byte (big)

Booty generated by tthe Ransomware WannaCry: 70,000 Dollars

Paid ransom by a South Korean Web Hoster in June 2016 after a Ransomware attack: 1 million US dollars

Share of Ransomware victims who pay ransom but do not retain access to their data: 20 percent


Average amount victims are willing to pay after a Ransomware attack by Country

  • Great Britain 568 USD
  • Denmark 446 USD
  • USA 350 USD
  • Germany 227 USD
  • France 203 USD


Globally registered phishing attacks 2016: 1.22 million

Globally registered phishing attacks 2015: 0.43 million


Phishing simulation campaigns sent by the LUCY server by S1 / 2017 for training purposes: 7200

43% of spear phishing attacks target small businesses

Small businesses lose an average of $41,000 per cyber security incident

Social Engineering like Phishing are key to successful cybercrime. Of the bad guys…

  • 3% try to exploit a technical flaw
  • 97% try to trick a user with some social engineering scheme
  • 91% of cyberattacks and the resulting data breach begin with a spear phishing email

Global ransomware damage 2015: 325,000,000 USD (345 M)
Global ransomware damage 2017: 5,000,000,000 USD ( 5B)


Connected devices infected with malware, top 3 countries:

  1. China 47%
  2. Turkey 43%
  3. Taiwan 39%


Top 5 countries in Q2 / 17 sending spam mails:

  1. Vietnam 12.4%
  2. USA 10.1%
  3. China 9%
  4. India 8.8%
  5. Germany 5.1%

Top 5 countries in Q2 / 17 receiving spam mails

  1. Germany 12.7%
  2. China 12.1%
  3. Russia 9.1%
  4. Japan 5.87%
  5. Russia 5.67%


Sources: BitDefender,, Kaspersky Lab Report 2017, LUCY Security, Symantec ISTR 2016, 2016 Phishme Enterprise Phishing Susceptability and Resiliency Report, Cybersecurity Ventures Ransomware Damage Report 2017

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