Guest Post Courtesey of   There have been almost 500 documented geopolitical cyber-attacks around the world since 2009. Making cyberwarfare a major technological threat to nations and their citizens.

In this article, PrivacyAffairs hopes to break down some of the numbers and gain insight into the nature of these attacks, where they originate from, and who they’re targeting.

Key observations

Between 2009 and 2018 there was a 440% increase in global cyberwarfare attacks.

  • 30% originated in China or Russia.
  • 3% targetted the USA.
  • 27% of attacks on the USA occurred in 2018.


Cyberwarfare is a rapidly increasing threat across the globe, with documented attacks targeting 56 countries in the past 10 years. Using state of the art technologies, military and government agencies are focusing more and more resources on offensive and defensive mechanisms for cyberwarfare and geopolitical attacks.

The technology required for sophisticated cyber-attacks is becoming more ubiquitous. As a result, it can only be assumed that the current trend of increasing frequency of cyberwarfare attacks will continue upward, and new state actors will continue to appear.

Author:  Joe Robinson, Data privacy and cyber security expert.
Joe has been working in the VPN field for over seven years, and has a passion for analysis and debate. He loves learning new technologies and software, and regularly uses everything from Kali Linux to Pro-tools. When not writing about digital security, Joe helps businesses improve their website usability and spends his free time playing guitar and reading about data science, IoT, and philosophy.

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