Welcome to the December edition of the Symantec Intelligence report. Symantec Intelligence aims to provide the latest analysis of cyber security threats, trends, and insights concerning malware, spam, and other potentially harmful business risks.
This month, we see the email virus rate increase for the second month in a row, reaching an annual high of one in 164 emails.
Targeted attacks continue to focus on the Service-related industries, both in the professional and non-traditional realms. Two out of every five targeted attacks appear to be focused on these Service categories.
We also saw an increase in the overall number of data breaches reported in December, many of which occurred in previous months. Many of these disclosures from earlier in the year could be due to various regulations and/or laws requiring the disclosure of a breach during the year it occurred.
In other news, the number of mobile malware variants has declined for the third month in a row, and global spam rate has increased this month, after a two month decline.
We hope you enjoy the December Symantec Intelligence Report. You can download your copy here.