McAfee released the McAfee Labs Threats Report: August 2014, which discusses some fallout from the Heartbleed vulnerability along with interesting results from the McAfee Phishing Quiz. In the August report, we discuss three key topics:
Heartbleed’s aftermath: another cybercrime opportunity
By far the most important security event in the second quarter was the public disclosure of the Heartbleed vulnerability, which affected every IT organization. In this report, McAfee Labs explores how attackers are using lists of unpatched websites as target lists and then stealing sensitive information. As of this writing, more than 300,000 websites remain unpatched and vulnerable to this type of criminal activity, according to one source.
Phishing lures the unsuspecting: business users easily hooked
We also examine the exceedingly effective tactic of phishing, which exploits what is often the weakest link in a business’ cyber defense — human behavior. We tested business users’ ability to detect phishing though our McAfee Phishing Quiz and found that 80% of all test takers have fallen for at least one in seven phishing emails.
Operation Tovar: a big hit with a short life
Finally, we report on Operation Tovar, a takedown campaign conducted jointly among international law enforcement agencies and key IT security industry participants including McAfee. Although very successful, copycats have already begun to spring up, so the relief is only temporary.
The infographic highlights key facts and figures discussed in the report. Read the full McAfee Labs Threats Report: August 2014.