‫ Summary of Symantec Intelligence Report: AUGUST 2014

Number: IRCRE201410181
Date: 2014-10-12
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 August.
Targeted Attacks
The average number of spear-phishing attacks dropped to 20 per day in August, the lowest seen inthe last twelve months.The .exe file type was the most common attachment type used in spear-phishing attacks, followed by .doc files. Organizations with 2500+employees were the most likely to be targeted in August.
Data Breach
The largest data breach reported in August resulted in the exposure of 27 million identities. For the month, 31 million identities were exposed.Hackers have been responsible for 53 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 51 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 seen a 70 percent increase since January.The US and China where first and second, respectively,in August in terms of overall botnet source activity.
Top-Ten Mac OSX Malware Blocked on OSX Endpoints
There were 399 vulnerabilities disclosed during the month of August.There were no zero-day vulnerabilities discovered in August.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.
There were two Android malware families discovered in August.Of the threats discovered in the last 12  months, 24 percent steal information from the device and 23 percent track the device’s user.In terms of social networking scams, 52 percent were fake offerings and 37 percent were manually shared scams.
Phishing and SPAM
The phishing rate was down again in August,at one in 1,587 emails,down from one in 1,290 emails in July.The global spam rate was 62.6 percent for the month of August.One out of every 270 emails contained a virus.Of the email traffic in the month of August, 3.2 percent contained a malicious URL.


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