March 28, 2020
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Study Finds Scammers Rely more on Malicious URLs than Attachments for Email Phishing

A recent study reveals scammers favor malicious URL links when running email phishing schemes, over using attachments to fool people…

Cyber-security company Proofpoint has released a study it conducted which shows scammers rely more on malicious URLs over attachments when running email phishing campaigns.

Scammers Prefer Malicious URLs rather than Attachments in Email Phishing

During the third quarter of 2019, emails containing malicious URL messages made up 88 percent of all communications with malware-infested links and attachments. This means, people — especially victims — are far more likely to click on fraudulent links rather than open attachments.

Also, 15 percent of malicious payloads were remote access Trojans. Another 45 percent were banking Trojans, which both represent an increase of 6 percent and 23 percent, respectively, over Q2 2019.

What’s more, Global combined malicious URL and attachment message volume decreased by nearly 40 percent compared to Q2 2019. Furthermore, over 26 percent of fraudulent domains used SSL certificates, over three times the rate of domains across the web.

Chris Dawson, Threat Intelligence Lead at Proofpoint, tells The Next Web:

“Email-based threats are among the oldest, most pervasive, and widespread cybersecurity threats hitting organizations worldwide. From massive malware campaigns targeting millions of recipients with banking Trojans to carefully crafted email fraud, the email threat landscape is extremely diverse, creating a wide range of opportunities for threat actors to attack organizations.”

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