‫ Summary of Symantec Intelligence Report: September 2013

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Date: 2013-10-26
 
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 September.
 
Vulnerability
 
There were 549 new vulnerabilities discovered in September, bringing the total for the year up to 4864, a 16 percent increase compared to the same period in 2012.
There were 45 vulnerabilities discovered in mobile operating systems during the month of September.

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 September.

 

 
SPAM
 
The global spam rate increased 1.2 percentage points in September to 66.4 percent, up from 65.2 percent in August.
Pharmaceuticals were the most commonly targeted industry, knocking Education from the top spot this month.
The top-level domain (TLD) for Russia, .ru, has topped the list of malicious TLDs in September. The TLD for Poland, which previously held the top spot, has dropped from the charts.

Sex/Dating spam continues to be the most common category, at 88.5 percent. Job-related spam comes in second at 6.5 percent.

 
 
MALWARE
 
The global average virus rate in September was one in 383.1 emails, compared to one in 340.1 in August.
The United Arab Emirates topped the list of geographies, with one in 159.2 emails containing a virus.
The United Kingdom was the largest source of virus-laden emails, making up 41.2 percent of all email-based viruses.

Small-to-medium size businesses with 1-250 employees were the most targeted company size, where one and 340.8 emails contained a virus.

 
Data Breach
September appears to contain the least data breach activity this year in terms of identities exposed. However, this number may change as further breaches are disclosed.
There were a number of breaches reported during September that occurred earlier in the year. This brings the total number of breaches to 144 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, birth date, and government ID number (e.g. Social Security).

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