Summary of Symantec Intelligence Report: January 2015

Number: IRCRE201503189
Date: 2015-03-21
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 2015 and bringing us up to speed through the month of January.
Targeted Attacks
The average number of spear-phishing attacks rose to 42 per day in January, up from 33 in December. The .doc file type was the most common attachment type used in spear-phishing attacks. The .class file type came in second. Organizations with 1-250 employees were the most likely to be targeted in January.
Data Breach
There were ten data breaches reported in January that took place during the same month. 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 January that took place between February and December of 2014. Real names, home addresses, and government ID numbers, such as Social Security numbers, are currently the top three types of data exposed in data breaches.
Top-Ten Malware
W32.Ramnit!html was the most common malware blocked in January. W32.Ramnit and W32. Sality variants continue to dominate the top-ten malware list. The most common OSX threat seen on OSX was OSX.RSPlug.A, making up 19.2 percent of all OSX malware found on OSX Endpoints. The amount of ransomware seen during January decreased slightly when compared to December.
Top-Ten Mac OSX Malware Blocked on OSX Endpoints
There were 494 vulnerabilities disclosed during the month of January. There were two zero-day vulnerability disclosed during January. Google Chrome reported the most browser vulnerabilities during the month of January. Oracle, reporting on the Java program, disclosed the most plug-in vulnerabilities over the same time period.
There were three Android malware families discovered in January.
Phishing and SPAM
The phishing rate rosein January, at one in1,004 emails, up fromone in 1,517 emails inDecember.The global spam rate was54 percent for the monthof January.One out of every 207emails contained a virus.Of the email traffic in themonth of December, 5percent contained a maliciousURL.

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