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The attachment is often presented as a Microsoft Word document but in reality that contains malware.
Locky was spread through another campaign using this method.
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.
Why would such tech savants waste their time on using emails to get their revenge against companies and governments?
While this stereotype is favored by Hollywood, the truth is that anybody with access to an internet connection has the potential at their fingertips to steal and become that little-understood creature known as a hacker.
Hackers want to steal data, often from some moral prerogative, rather they want to make a quick buck.
These emails are composed with the intention of getting the user to open an attachment.The attachment contains a malicious payload which when opened can be installed.This method has been seen in ransomware campaigns, namely Crypto Wall, Golden Eye, and Cerber.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.
Following these relatively simple steps will help prevent a large majority of malware infections.