‫ Summary of Symantec Intelligence Report: July 2014

Number : IRCRE201409178

Date: 2014-09- 09


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 July.

Targeted Attacks

The average number of spear-phishing attacks per day has dropped back to a similar level seen in May.The .doc file type continues to be the most common attachment type used in spear-phishing attacks,followed by .exe files.

Organizations with 2500+employees were the most likely to be targeted in July.Non-traditional services,such as Business, Amusement,and Repair-related services, lead the Top-Ten Industries targeted,followed by Manufacturing.

Data Breach

The largest data breach reported in July resulted in the exposure of 900,000 identities.Hackers have been responsible for 49 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 38 percent of all OSX malware found on OSX Endpoints.

Top-Ten Mac OSX Malware Blocked on OSX Endpoints

There were 575 vulnerabilities disclosed during the month of July.There were no zero-day vulnerabilities discovered in July.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 four Android malware families discovered in July.Of the threats discovered in the last 12 months, 24 percent steal information from the device and 22 percent track the device’s user.

In terms of social networking scams, 63 percent were fake offerings.

Phishing and SPAM

The phishing rate was down in July, at one in 1,299  emails, down from one in 496 emails in June.The global spam rate was 63.7 percent for the month of July.One out of every 351 emails contained a virus.Of the email traffic in the month of July, 7.9 percent contained a malicious URL.



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