Threat Insight

Cybersecurity research and commentary on malware, user actions, and other threats to information security
March 17, 2016

Gone Tax Phishing ’til April 18th

Proofpoint Staff

Obfuscation, sophisticated lures, and well-written phishing kits combine to make this a risky tax season for unsuspecting filers.

March 14, 2016

Bank robbery in progress: New attacks from Carbanak group target banks in Middle East and US

Aleksey F, Darien Huss, Chris Wakelin, Chris I, and Proofpoint Staff

The Carbanak gang appears to be back, and Proofpoint researchers analyze the early stages of a campaign that could steal another billion dollars.

March 10, 2016

Death Comes Calling: Thanatos/Alphabot Trojan Hits the Market

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers have identified a new Trojan with robust functionality from authors who also appear to be prepared to offer a complete ecosystem of tools for malicious actors.

March 04, 2016

Beyond Vanilla Phishing - Impostor Email Threats Come of Age

Christopher Dawson

Phishing isn't going anywhere - it's simply adapting to improved detection techniques to better target users and increase the payoffs from attacks.

March 01, 2016

Operation Transparent Tribe - APT Targeting Indian Diplomatic and Military Interests

Darien Huss

Proofpoint researchers uncover details about an advanced persistent threat against Indian diplomatic and military interests, centered around a remote access Trojan called MSIL/Crimson.

February 26, 2016

Nymaim Moves Past Its Ransomware Roots - What Is Old Is New Again

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers track new campaigns using the not-so-new Nymaim Trojan. But some new twists are making this malware far more troublesome, including distribution via a large email marketing provider instead of the usual botnets.

February 23, 2016

The Human Factor 2016: People are the key

Proofpoint Staff

The Human Factor reveals not just who is clicking what, but how threat actors are using social engineering to get people to perform the work of automated exploits.

February 19, 2016

New Ransomware - All Your Data Are Belong To Us

Aleksey F; Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers round up the latest ransomware variants making their rounds in the wild with deep dives into new variants.

February 16, 2016

Dridex Actors Get In the Ransomware Game With "Locky"

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers identified a new ransomware known as "Locky" that is being distributed by the spammers behind the majority of Dridex campaigns.

February 12, 2016

Love Hurts - Attackers Aim For Would-Be Valentines

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers find a Valentine's spam campaign that can lead to infection with 7ev3n, a new ransomware variant with a very large ransom and a big incentive to pay.


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