How Many Cyber Attacks Happen Per Day in 2024?

Cyber attacks have become an unfortunate daily occurrence around the world. With more business and personal activities moving online, the opportunities for hackers have grown exponentially. Recent statistics show an alarming number of attacks happening every single day.

Over 30,000 Global Cyber Attacks Per Day

According to cybersecurity firm Cybersecop, there are over 30,000 cyber attacks globally each day. That‘s over 1.2 million attacks every month! These include attacks on websites, mobile apps, and networks.

Specifically:

  • Over 24,000 malicious mobile apps are blocked daily
  • Over 500,000 new malware traces are detected daily
  • Over 333 billion spam emails are sent daily
  • A ransomware attack occurs every 11 seconds

Most Attacks in the UK and US

While cyber attacks happen worldwide, some countries see more activity than others. According to data from 2021:

  • The UK faces 4,783 cyber attack victims per 1 million internet users
  • The US faces 1,494 victims per 1 million users
  • Canada faces 174 victims per 1 million users
  • Australia faces 102 victims per 1 million users

So the UK and US tend to see the highest number of attacks. But no country is immune.

Over $4 Billion Lost to Fraud

Fraud makes up a major portion of cybercrimes. In 2021 alone, over $4 billion was lost in the US due to:

  • Investment fraud ($1.4 billion)
  • Online payment fraud
  • Romance fraud
  • Credit card fraud
  • Lottery fraud
  • Government impersonation fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Tech support fraud

Hundreds of Millions Lost to Other Attacks

Other major cyber attack types like spoofing, denial of service attacks, ransomware, phishing and more also result in huge losses. In 2021:

  • Spoofing attacked 18,500 victims at a cost of $82 million
  • Denial of service hit 1,100 victims
  • Ransomware hit 3,700 victims
  • Phishing attacked 324,000 victims

All these cybercrimes cost over $245 million in 2021.

Multi-Million Dollar Attacks on Big Companies

Some of the largest cyber attacks have targeted huge corporations:

  • 2016 Yahoo attack: $3.5 billion loss
  • 2017 Onliner Spambot attack: $711 million loss
  • 2018 Aadhaar attack: $1.1 billion loss
  • 2018 Twitter attack: $330 million loss
  • 2020 Microsoft attack: $250 million loss
  • 2021 Facebook attack: $533 million loss

Over 333 Billion Daily Attempts

When totaling up the various attack types and targets, experts estimate there are over 333 billion cyber attack attempts daily. Small and medium businesses are most vulnerable, but individuals face risks as well.

The takeaway is that comprehensive security is essential, including antivirus software, backup systems, employee training, multi-factor authentication, and being cautious of emails and links. With vigilance and safeguards, the damage from this global threat can be minimized.