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‫ Summary of Symantec Intelligence Report: September 2014

Number: IRCRE201412184
Date: 2014-12-03
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 September.
Targeted Attacks
The average number of spear-phishing attacks rose to 53 per day in September,after a 12-month low in August.The .doc file type was the most common attachment type used in spear-phishing attacks. The .exe file type dropped to fourth.Organizations with 2500+employees were the most likely to be targeted in September.
Data Breach
The largest data breach reported in September actually took place in April, and resulted in the exposure of 56 million identities.Hackers have been responsible for 56 percent of data breaches in the last 12 months.Real names, government ID numbers, such as Social Security numbers, and home addresses were the top three types of data exposed in data breaches.
Top-Ten Malware
W32.Sality and 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 26 percent of all OSX malware found on OSX Endpoints.Overall ransomware activity has remained low since March of this year.However, crypto-style ransomware has been on the rise this year, making up 38 percent of ransomware in September.China and the US where first and second, respectively,in September in terms of overall botnet source activity.
Top-Ten Mac OSX Malware Blocked on OSX Endpoints
Vulnerability
There were 600 vulnerabilities disclosed during the month of September.There were no zero-day vulnerabilities discovered in September.Internet Explorer has reported the most browser vulnerabilities in the last 12 months.Oracle’s Java reported the most plug-in vulnerabilities over the same time period.
Mobile
There were three Android malware families discov­ered in September. Of the threats discovered in the last 12 months, 24 percent steal information from the device. In terms of social networking scams, 41 percent were fake offer­ings, while 46 percent were manually shared scams.
Phishing and SPAM
The phishing rate was down again in September,at one in 2,041 emails,down from one in 1,587 emails in August.The global spam rate was 57.9 percent for the month of September.One out of every 351 emails contained a virus.Of the email traffic in the month of August, 5.8 percent contained a malicious URL.
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