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Symantec Intelligence Report: August 2011

Created: 23 Aug 2011 • Updated: 25 Jun 2013
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Turbulent financial markets trigger a return to stock pump-and-dump spam; Master Boot Record (MBR) malware may be making a comeback.

With the stock markets in turmoil once more, spammers are seeking to benefit from fluctuations in a turbulent market by trying to manipulate certain stocks through large volumes of spam. The August 2011 Symantec Intelligence Report highlights the latest trends including the comeback of MBR threats and takes a closer look at some of the techniques behind the recent Shady RAT operation. Read the report to get the latest trends and threats and don’t forget to tell us what you think.

Report highlights

  • Spam – 75.9 percent in August (a decrease of 1.9 percentage points since July 2011): page 13
  • Phishing – One in 207.7 emails identified as phishing (an increase of 0.48 percentage points since July 2011): page 16
  • Malware – One in 203.3 emails in August contained malware (an increase of 0.14 percentage points since July 2011): page 17
  • Malicious Web sites – 3,441 Web sites blocked per day (a decrease of 49.4 percent since July 2011): page 19
  • 34.1 percent of all malicious domains blocked were new in August (a decrease of 1.32 percentage points since July 2011): page 19
  • 17.3 percent of all Web-based malware blocked was new in August (a decrease of 3.82 percentage points since July 2011): page 19
  • Global Debt Crises News Drives Pump-and-Dump Stock Scams: page 2
  • Are MBR Infections Back in Fashion?: page 3
  • Phishing Apple’s iDisk: page 5
  • Phishing Brazilian Brands: page 6
  • The Truth Behind the Shady RAT: page 6
  • Spammers take advantage of Unicode normalisation to hide URLs: page 11
  • Best Practices for Enterprises and Users: page 22

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