It has been found that the number of emails carrying malware increased to a new high in July with one in every 359 emails carrying a malicious payload, according to Symantec’s July Intelligence Report. July also saw increases in the number of phishing attempts and spam, but the increasing use by cybercriminals of email to spread malware took center stage reaching a level not seen since December 2016.
Commenting on the news is Javvad Malik, security advocate at AlienVault, who said:
“It’s not surprising to see emails remain a favoured attack vector for criminals. The ease at which email lists can be obtained and spammed indiscriminately puts the odds in favour of the criminals. It also increases the likelihood of success as each recipient usually has more than one device upon which they would read the email.”
“We also continuously see email indicators being added to the Open Threat Exchange (OTX) on a regular basis which helps organizations to detect and respond to malicious emails. https://otx.alienvault.com/browse/pulses/?q=email&sort=-created ”