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Symantec Analyst Relations | 29 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

Socially engineered polymorphic malware spoofing a well-known North American business mediation and arbitration service

The February edition of the Symantec Intelligence report provides the latest analysis of cyber security threats, trends and insights from the Symantec Intelligence team concerning malware, spam, and other potentially harmful business risks. The data used to compile the analysis for this report includes data from January 2011 and February 2012.

Report highlights

  • Spam – 68.0 percent (a decrease of 1.0 percentage points since January 2011): page 7
  • Phishing – One in 358.1 emails identified as phishing (an increase of 0.01 percentage points since January 2011): page 10
  • Malware – One in 274.0 emails contained malware (an increase of 0.03 percentage points since January 2011): page 12
  • Malicious Web sites – 2,305 Web sites blocked per day (an increase of 9.7 percent since...
D Thomson | 01 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

With many organisations giving cloud computing serious consideration, a question we are often asked is, "Should we be putting our data in the cloud?" Organisations should be concerned about their data, wherever it is - it's a strategic business asset, after all. Indeed, this concern should extend to wherever the data is, depending on what it is and how it is being used. 

Each organisation is different and no blog post would be long enough to map out all the different risks and options, but we can get an idea of where to look for causes of concern. Here we separate risks out into non-scientific but nonetheless helpful categories of security, privacy, supplier and compliance. 

Security risks first, then. When we say data need to be kept secure, what we're really thinking is that malicious third parties can't get hold of it, to use or damage it in some way. Of course you need some kind of assurance that a cloud provider is protecting your...

GregDay-SecurityCTO | 23 Nov 2011 | 0 comments

Just a few years ago, information security used to be all about education. People and organisations just weren't aware of the threats - apart from a few headline-grabbing examples of malware such as the Melissa worm, ILOVEYOU or the Anna Kournikova virus, the risks of which seemed to diminish over time.

As we know however, the past ten years have seen a shift from such examples and towards more complex forms of attack. Social engineering, targeted attacks, web-site drive by, man-in-the-middle, spyware and trojans, indeed, barely a month goes by without some new form of attack being documented and publicised. What with an increasingly complex pool of devices to protect, companies and security vendors have to remain...

Symantec Analyst Relations | 04 Oct 2011 | 0 comments

Social Engineering Attacks Soar as Polymorphic Malware Rate Peaks at 72% of Email Malware in September; Cyber Criminals Ambush Popular Blogging Platform to Push Pills

Welcome to the September edition of the Symantec Intelligence report which, combining the best research and analysis from the Symantec.cloud MessageLabs Intelligence Report and the Symantec State of Spam & Phishing Report, provides the latest analysis of cyber security threats, trends and insights from the Symantec Intelligence team concerning malware, spam, and other potentially harmful business risks. The data used to compile the analysis for this combined report includes data from August and September 2011.

Report highlights

  • Spam – 74.8 percent in September (a decrease of 1.1 percentage points since August 2011): page 11
  • Phishing – One in 447.9 emails identified as phishing (a decrease of 0.26 percentage points since August 2011): page 14
  • Malware...
Symantec Analyst Relations | 23 Aug 2011 | 0 comments

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...