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Cybersecurity research and commentary on malware, user actions, and other threats to information security
November 30, 2016

Cybersecurity Predictions for 2017

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint security researchers share their predictions for the top threat landscape trends to watch for in 2017.

November 23, 2016

No Honor Among Thieves: Phishing Templates Sold On YouTube With Backdoors

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers track phishing software advertised, distributed (and backdoored) via YouTube.

November 14, 2016

Ransoc Desktop Locking Ransomware Ransacks Local Files and Social Media Profiles

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers track a new ransomware variant that gathers data about victims on their Skype, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts.

November 07, 2016

Microsoft Word Intruder 8 Adds Support for Flash Vulnerability CVE-2016-4117

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers analyze the addition of a new Flash vulnerability to a popular exploit document builder.

November 03, 2016

Election Spam Gets Bipartisan

Proofpoint Staff

As November 8th gets closer, Proofpoint researchers take a last look at election-related spam and what it says about the patterns and tactics of spammers (and campaigners).

October 20, 2016

Spike in Kovter Ad Fraud Malware Riding on Clever Macro Trick

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers track a personalized campaign that delivers the Kovter ad fraud Trojan.

October 18, 2016

“O’zapft is!”: Cyber criminals tap into German-speaking targets in time for Oktoberfest

Proofpoint Staff

Not surprisingly, banking Trojans continue to dominate the landscape in German-speaking financial centers in Europe, especially Germany and Switzerland.

October 13, 2016

The Storm After the Calm: Proofpoint Q3 Threat Summary Tracks Locky Ransomware, Social Threats, BEC, and More

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers follow trends in email, mobile, and social threats throughout the third quarter of 2016.

October 11, 2016

Peas in a pod: Microsoft patches CVE-2016-3298, a second information disclosure zero-day used in malvertising campaigns and the Neutrino Exploit Kit

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers discovered and reported another information disclosure vulnerability associated with the AdGholas malvertising campaign and the Neutrino exploit kit used to filter researchers and delay exposing infection chains.

October 06, 2016

Looking for Trouble: Windows Troubleshooting Platform Leveraged to Deliver Malware

Matthew Mesa, Axel F, Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers discover a new technique for delivering malware via document attachments that leverages the Windows Troubleshooting Platform.