Researchers at Verizon discovered in their 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report that 66% of all malware attacks analyzed for that period were installed via email.
These attacks can siphon valuable data from a corporation’s servers, demand a ransom for access to data, steal banking information, or deny users access to data.
To create an exhaustive list of all the types of malicious email could fill a novel and hackers don’t just use the same method over and over again.
One of the ways to stay ahead of the curve looks for certain traits in emails known to be used, such as often they are written in poor English.
If it sent from an address you are not in regular contact with it is advised not to open the email.Emails claiming to be from e-commerce giant Amazon.This method was used to distribute the Locky ransomware and appear legitimate at first sight. This method often involves sending a mail with the subject header “Invoice XXXXX” and also have a few lines of text designed to get the user to download the attachment.As emails are used to spread various pieces of malware, whether they are banking trojans, ransomware, adware, spyware or any other malicious piece of code designed to make somebodies day a nightmare, defending that front is a priority.It is a priority not just for companies but anybody that has access to an internet enabled device.