Summary of Symantec Intelligence Report: February 2015

Number: IRCRE201504191
Date: 2015-04-15
In this month’s report we take a look at what has happened in a number of key sections of the threat landscape. We delve deeper into the world of vulnerability, data breaches, spam, and malware, detailing what has happened so far in 2015 and bringing us up to speed through the month of February.
Targeted Attacks
The average number of spear-phishing attacks rose to 65 per day in February, up from 42 in January. The .doc file type was the most common attachment type used in spear-phishing attacks. The .txt file type came in second. Organizations with 2500+ employees were the most likely to be targeted in February.
Data Breach
There were six data breaches reported in February that took place during the same month. This number is likely to rise as more data breaches that occurred during the month are reported. The largest data breach reported during February took place in January, and resulted in the exposure of 80 million identities. Real names, home addresses, and government ID numbers, such as Social Security numbers, are currently the top three types of data exposed in data breaches.
Top-Ten Malware
W32.Ramnit!html was the most common malware blocked in February. W32.Ramnit variants continue to dominate the top-ten malware list. The most common OSX threat seen on OSX was OSX.RSPlug.A, making up 15.7 percent of all OSX malware found on OSX Endpoints.
Top-Ten Mac OSX Malware Blocked on OSX Endpoints
There were 400 vulnerabilities disclosed during the month of February. There was one zero-day vulnerability disclosed during February. Microsoft Internet Explorer reported the most browser vulnerabilities during the month of February. Adobe, reporting on the Acrobat and Flash programs, disclosed the most plug-in vulnerabilities over the same time period.
There were no new Android malware families discovered in February.
Phishing and SPAM
The phishing rate declined in February, at one in 1,466 emails, down from one in 1,004 emails in January. The global spam rate was 54 percent for the month of February. One out of every 237 emails contained a virus. Of the email traffic in the month of February, 3 percent contained a malicious URL.

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