Malware variants hit 45.5 million in August, Symantec says

Malware variants hit 45.5 million in August, Symantec says

Malware variants hit 45.5 million in August, Symantec says

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The number of new malware variants has increased to 45.5 million in August this year, according to latest findings by the Symantec, an Internet security company.

Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network (GIN) says in its Monthly Threats Report that the increase in malware variants in August 2016 is likely due to the increased rate of email malware, which it says has grown to one in 152 emails in August, compared to the July report showing one in 194 emails.

malware-2[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]Across industries, the Public Administration sector saw the highest phishing rates in August, with one in 1,803 emails. The Manufacturing sector, which topped the list last month with one in 758 emails, saw phishing rates drop to one in 5,372 emails in August, while organizations with 1-250 employees had the highest phishing rate, with one in 2,806 emails, says the internet security company.[/quote]However, Symantec says the number of web attacks blocked decreased in August to 415 thousand per day, noting that the decline in web attacks is likely connected to the declines in major toolkit activity.

According to the report, the phishing rate also decreased in August, down to one in 3,317 emails, compared to July which has a phishing rate of one in 1,886 emails. This, it says, was the lowest phishing rate seen since February this year.

Across industries, the Public Administration sector saw the highest phishing rates in August, with one in 1,803 emails. The Manufacturing sector, which topped the list last month with one in 758 emails, saw phishing rates drop to one in 5,372 emails in August, while organizations with 1-250 employees had the highest phishing rate, with one in 2,806 emails, says the internet security company.

On mobile devices, Symantec says there were no new Android malware families discovered in August, further pointing to a decline in Android-related malware activity in August.

Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network (GIN), is a source of data and analysis for global cyber security threats, trends and insights. Symantec regularly publishes analyses based on the latest GIN data available.

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