‫ Summary of Symantec Intelligence Report: November 2013

Date: 2013-12-31
In this month’s report we take a look at what has happened in a number of key sections of the threat landscap. We delve deeper into the world of vulnerability, data breaches, spam, and malware, detailing what has happened so far in 2013 and bringing us up to speed through the month of November.
There were 438 new vulnerabilities discovered in November, bringing the total for the year up to 5965, a 16 percent increase compared to the same period in 2012.
There were 6 vulnerabilities discovered in mobile operating systems during the month of November.
Google’s Chrome browser continues to lead in reporting browser vulnerabilities, while Oracle’s Java leads in reported plug-in vulnerabilities.

Two zero-day vulnerabilities were disclosed during the month of November.

The global spam rate decrease 5.5 percentage points in November to 62.2 percent, up from 67.7 percent in October.
Education was the most commonly targeted industry, knocking Pharmaceuticals from the top spot this month.
The .com top-level domain (TLD) was the most frequently used malicious TLD in November.

Top 10 Sources of Spam

The global average virus rate in November was one in 235 emails, compared to one in 437 in October.
The United Kingdom topped the list of geographies, with one in 109 emails containing a virus.
The United Kingdom was also the largest source of virus-laden emails, making up 54.9 percent of all email-based viruses.

Small-to-medium size businesses with 1-250 employees were the most targeted company size, where one and 202 emails contained a virus.


Data Breach
The largest breach that was reported in November actually occurred back in January, where 42 million identities were exposed.

There were a number of breaches reported during November that occurred earlier in the year. This brings the total number of breaches to 186 for so far in 2013.

Of the reported breaches so far in this year, the top three types of information exposed are a person’s real name, government ID number (e.g. Social Security), and birth date.



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