The growth in spam volume during the first of half of 2014 can be attributed to the prevalence of threats that use spam as an infection vector. This include known threats like DOWNAD, UPATRE, and ZEUS/ZBOT.
In an ideal world, executives and employees trust that their IT administrators will go out of their way to protect the organization's information. However, even IT admins are prone to misconceptions that leave the organizations vulnerable to attacks.
The latter half of 2013 lay witness to two new targeted attack campaigns: BLYPT, which hosts its servers in Romania and Turkey, and Esile, which targets government agencies in APAC to execute remote commands.