01 Oct 2019

Email is an open door for malicious actors looking to exploit businesses

Email represents the top cybersecurity vulnerability for organizations, a new report by Wire shows. In an attempt to demonstrate why companies should take cyber threats more seriously, the study translates cyber risks into odds regarding everyday phenomena. For instance, it found that the chances of one employee getting their machine

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30 Sep 2019

Most malspam contains a malicious URL these days, not file attachments

Email-based cyber campaigns usually rely on malicious links rather than malware-laced attachments, a new report by Proofpoint shows. In the second quarter of this year, the vast majority (85%) of malicious spam emails (malspam) contained nefarious URLs. Malicious links were also more popular than attachments in the first quarter of

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27 Sep 2019

Responding to email-based attacks takes over three hours, on average

Companies need 212 minutes on average to remediate a single email-based cyberattack, and 11% of firms need more than 6 hours to achieve this, a recent study by Barracuda Networks found. Since the average firm responds to about five email attacks every day, security teams spend over 17 hours each

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27 Sep 2019

Outlook on the Web to Block File Extensions for PowerShell, Python, and More

In order to help protect Outlook users against malicious email attachments, Microsoft is adding another 38 file extensions to its blacklist for attachments. The company acknowledges that these extensions pose a threat because hackers can use them to target users with malicious files designed to plant malware, exploit security flaws

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31 Jul 2019

Assessing the efficiency of phishing filters employed by email service providers

A new study conducted at the University of Plymouth underscores that spam filters in popular email providers are highly ineffective against phishing attacks. The researchers found that 75% of phishing emails without malicious links and 64% of those with links end up in the inbox of potential victims, while a

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31 Jul 2019

Sextortion Email Scams Rise Sharply

A new Symantec reports highlights the rise of sextortion emails, which claim that the sender has obtained embarrassing information about the recipient, such as a video recorded by their webcam while they were browsing adult websites. The victim is told to pay the sender a certain sum in a given

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26 Jul 2019

Email persists as a major avenue for cyberattacks in 2019

While 63% of cybersecurity professionals believe that security at their organization has improved in the past year, the vast majority (85%) of organizations suffered an email-borne cyber incident last year, a recent survey by Barracuda Networks shows. In addition, one in two respondents reported rising stress levels. Targeted phishing attacks, known

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24 Jul 2019

22 percent of businesses hit by phishing attacks in the last quarter

A new survey by GreatHorn sheds light on the massive threat that email-based attacks pose to organizations. It shows that 22% of organizations experienced a data breach that started with an email-based attack in the past three months alone. About one in two professionals receive malicious emails on a daily

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17 Jul 2019

Phishing alert: 80% of companies lack DMARC policies to protect against spoofing

Even though phishing emails are used in 91% of all cyberattacks, the vast majority of websites have not implemented basic measures to prevent threat actors from spoofing their domain as part of phishing campaigns, research by 250ok shows. In particular, companies are falling short when it comes to the implementation

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16 Jul 2019

Infographic: Why email is your weakest security link

Avanan has released a new infographic showing why email is the weakest link in cybersecurity. According to the report, 1 out of every 99 emails people receive at work is actually a phishing message. Moreover, phishing messages account for one in every 25 branded emails, with the most impersonated brands

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