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Latest Intelligence for June 2016 

Jul 07, 2016 09:00 AM

The Latest Intelligence page has been refreshed through June 2016, providing the most up-to-date analysis of cybersecurity threats, trends, and insights concerning malware, spam, and other potentially harmful business risks. Here are some key takeaways from this latest batch of intelligence.

This month the Angler toolkit dropped nearly 30 percentage points in June, making up 22.7 percent of all toolkit activity. The toolkit hasn't disappeared completely, but by the end of June activity was 16 times lower than its peak in May.

Figure 1. Angler exploit kit was responsible for the most web attacks in June

Meanwhile the Neutrino toolkit increased almost 10 percentage points in June. This toolkit was particularly active in the later part of the month, around the same time Angler saw its deepest decline. This decline in Angler activity follows the disappearance of the Nuclear and Spartan toolkits from our top five list over the past two months, along with a lull in activity from a number of threat groups.

Manual Sharing continues to dominate social media scams, increasing more than 20 percentage points. Fake Offers decreased in June, down from 25.68 percent in May to 12.17 percent in June.

Figure 2. Manual Sharing continued to be the top ranking social media scam in June

There was one new Android malware family discovered during June. The number of Android variants per family continues to increase, reaching 53 in June. This indicates that attackers could be finding success with existing Android families, as opposed to creating new ones.

The email malware rate decreased to 1 in 255 emails in May. This is the lowest level of email malware seen since last September. Email malware rates also decreased across industries, as well as organization sizes, during June.

The global spam rate decreased slightly in June, from 53 percent in May to 52.7 percent. The Construction sector had the highest spam rate for the third month in a row, up two percentage points to 58.5 percent. At 55.8 percent, the Retail Trade sector came in second place, up 2.2 percentage points from May. Organizations with 1-250 employees had the highest spam rate in June.

The phishing rate decreased slightly in June, down to one in 2,309 emails. The Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate sector again saw the highest phishing rates in June at one in 1,586 emails. At one in 1,830 emails, the Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing sector came in second this month. With one in 2,459 emails, organizations with 1501-2500 employees again had the highest phishing rate.

These are just a few items that stood out during the month. Be sure to check out the Latest Intelligence for June 2016 for more charts, tables, and analysis covering the threat landscape.

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