Latest Intelligence for October 2017 [source: symantec]

Some of the key takeaways from October’s Latest Intelligence, and the threat landscape in general, include research on the most likely infection vectors, malicious security tools, and a scam targeting tax professionals.


The email malware rate declined last month for the first time since March. However, at one in 355 emails, the rate is higher now than it was the last time it declined, due to six straight months where the rate went up. The Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing sector saw the highest rates across industries, followed by Mining in second place and Wholesale Trade in third.

New research conducted by Symantec, and published in a new white paper, has discovered that users are twice as likely to encounter threats through email as they are through other infection vectors, such as exploit kits. Other findings described in the white paper show that one in nine email users encountered email malware in the first half of 2017 and approximately 8,000 businesses each month are targeted by business email compromise (BEC) scams.

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