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Symantec Analyst Relations | 16 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

In December’s Symantec Intelligence Report we take a closer look at our worldwide stats on the threat landscape. For the month of December, the United States claimed the dubious honor of being the largest source of spam at 12.7%, phishing scams at 24.2%, and virus attachments at 40.9% globally. It’s not unusual for the US to top one or two of these three categories, though claiming the triple crown of risk-based distribution is a little less common.

In other country news, Norway has jumped up to become the most targeted country for phishing attacks, as we’ve determined that 1 in 81.4 emails in the country were phishing attempts in December. Norway also came in second biggest source country, distributing 20.2% of all worldwide phishing attacks. The reasons why one country would jump like this are often varied, but likely due to a concerted phishing campaign by attackers. We’re keeping an eye on...

Symantec Analyst Relations | 16 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

This blog was originally posted in Symantec Intelligence

from Paul Wood, Cyber Security Intelligence Manager

In this month’s report we investigate a new social networking avenue that scammers are attempting to leverage: Instagram. They’re doing so in order to gather personal details and persuade users to sign up for premium-rate mobile services, among other things, generally by creating fake accounts:

The scams take on a number of forms, from spam comments, to fake followers, to liking photos in the hopes people will check out their profiles, which in turn often contain more spam links.

We’ve also noticed a significant drop in email spam volumes this month. The global spam rate has dropped by more than 10%, from 75% of email traffic in...

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...
Symantec Analyst Relations | 26 Jan 2012 | 1 comment

This month’s report takes a closer look at how spammers are taking advantage of major calendar events (The New Year, Valentine’s Day and the Olympic games) to target potential victims.

Report highlights

  • Spam – 69.0 percent (an increase of 1.3 percentage points since December 2011): page 5
  • Phishing – One in 370.0 emails identified as phishing (an increase of 0.06 percentage points since December 2011): page 7
  • Malware – One in 295.0 emails contained malware (a decrease of 0.02 percentage points since December 2011): page 9
  • Malicious Web sites – 2,102 Web sites blocked per day (a decrease of 77.4 percent since December 2011): page 11
  • Spammers continue to take advantage of holidays and events: page 2
  • Best Practices for Enterprises and Users: page 14


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