‫ McAfee Threats Report: fourth quarter 2014

Number: IRCRE201503190
Date: 2015-03-26
The McAfee Labs has studied the security threats of the fourth quarter of 2014 in a report. The following report is briefing that report.
Mobile malware
The McAfee Labs collection of mobile malware continued its steady climb as it broke 6 million samples in Q4, up 14% over Q3.
There are 387 new threats every minute, or more than 6 every second.
Total malware in the McAfee Labs zoo grew 17% from Q3 to Q4.
Beginning in Q3, the number of new ransomware samples began to grow again after a four-quarter decline. In Q4, the number of new samples leaped 155%. We now count more than two million ransomware samples.
Web threats
The number of new suspect URLs skyrocketed in Q3 due to a doubling in the number of new short URLs, which often hide malicious websites, and a sharp increase in the number of phishing URLs. In Q4, the pace of new suspect URLs returned to a typical amount.
Messaging and network threats
Q4 brought a sharp decline in spam volume from known botnet senders. The Kelihos botnet, while highly active throughout 2013–14, became sporadic in its sending behavior at the end of last year. Overall, the trend during Q4 was that of a decline in pharmaceutical and get-rich-quick spam, and an increase in spam distributing malicious payloads from as yet unidentified botnets.  
Browser, denial of service, and brute force remain the top three network attacks in Q4, though DoS declined by almost half from Q3. SSL increased by 4% and Shellshock now appears on our threats pie, in fifth place, due to the continuing popularity of Heartbleed and Shellshock attacks.
McAfee Threats Report: Fourth Quarter 2014, By McAfee Labs


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