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‫ Summary of Symantec Intelligence Report: December 2014

Number: IRCRE201502187
Date: 2015-02-24
 
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 2014 and bringing us up to speed through the month of December.
 
Targeted Attacks
 
The average number of spear-phishing attacks dropped to 33 per day in December, down from 43 in November. The .doc file type was the most common attachment type used in spear-phishing attacks. The .exe file type came in second. Organizations with 2500+employees were the most likely to be targeted in December.
 
 
 
Data Breach
 
There were eight data breaches reported this month that took place during the month of December. This number is likely to rise as more data breaches that occurred during the month are reported. In comparison, there were 14 new data breaches reported during December that took place between January and November.
Real names, government ID numbers, such as Social Security numbers, and home addresses are currently the top three types of data exposed in data breaches.
 
 
 
Top-Ten Malware
 
Trojan.Swifi was the most common malware blocked in December,up from tenth place in November.W32.Ramnit variants continue to dominate the top-ten malware list.
The most common OSX threat seen on OSX was OSX.Keylogger,making up 16.3 percent of all OSX malware found on OSX Endpoints.The amount of ransomware seen during December increased when compared to previous months. Overall ransomware activity has remained low since March of this year.
 
 
 
 
Top-Ten Mac OSX Malware Blocked on OSX Endpoints
 
 
 
Vulnerability
 
There were 428 vulnerabilities disclosed during the month of December.There was one zero-day vulnerability disclosed during December (CVE-2014-9163). Internet Explorer has reported the most browser vulnerabilities during the month of December.Adobe, reporting on Acrobat and Flash programs,disclosed the most plugin vulnerabilities over the same time period.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mobile
 
 
There were six Android malware families discovered in December.
 
 
Phishing and SPAM
 
 
The phishing rate dropped in December,at one in 1,517 emails,down from one in 647 emails in December.The global spam rate was 55.3 percent for the month of December.One out of every 195
emails contained a virus.Of the email traffic in the month of December, 14 percent contained a malicious URL.
 
 
 
 
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