Emotet Botnet Behind Most Email-Based Threats in Q1 2019
The latest threat report by Proofpoint points to Emotet as the top email-based threat in Q1 of this year. While Emotet was initially designed a banking Trojan, the malware has become a highly sophisticated, multifunctional (modular) threat that Proofpoint currently classifies as a botnet because it is used for “spam distribution, information theft, downloading additional malware and more.”
Emotet accounted for 61% of malicious emails in the first three months of 2019, with the other main threats being banking Trojans (21%), credential stealers (9%) and downloaders (6%). The most common banking Trojans were IcedID (44%), The Trick (24%), Qbot (18%) and Ursnif (9%).