Threat Insight

Cybersecurity research and commentary on malware, user actions, and other threats to information security
July 13, 2015

Fleurs du malware: Phishing campaigns fill their nets in France

Proofpoint Staff

Phishing campaigns use document attachments and malicious macros to target French banking customers. 

July 01, 2015

The Human Factor 2015 Close-up: What are users clicking on?

Proofpoint Staff

Changes in phishing lure templates demonstrate cybercriminals’ ability to rapidly change tactics in order to exploit ‘the human factor.’

June 25, 2015

Sundown EK Spreads LuminosityLink RAT: Light After Dark

Proofpoint Staff

The Sundown exploit kit is a recent addition to the field of EKs, and Proofpoint researchers have now detected it distributing a new remote access Trojan (RAT).       

June 18, 2015

Dridex actor shifts focus to Europe: Not-so-innocents abroad

Proofpoint Staff

Dridex actors are taking their malicious macro campaigns abroad.

June 10, 2015

Malware ROI and the Return of Malicious Macros: It's Not Personal, It's Business

Proofpoint Staff

Why are malicious macro email campaigns so popular with cybercriminals? Proofpoint researchers examine underground forums to find out.

May 21, 2015

When Threat Intelligence Meets Business Intelligence

Proofpoint Staff

Changes in success tracking enable Dridex threat actors to assess not only technical efficacy, but also demonstrate ROI for their malware innovations.

May 13, 2015

Best Practices in Incident Response Automation

Proofpoint Staff

What does “automation” mean in the context of incident response? This week, Proofpoint security researchers discuss the meaning and best practices for automating incident response.

April 29, 2015

Foot in the door: Cybercriminals leverage job search website to sneak malware into businesses

Proofpoint Staff

In a clever attack that combines the phishing and social engineering, cybercriminals use a popular job search site to infiltrate their targets.

April 22, 2015

The Human Factor 2015: Attackers drive business end-user clicks

In The Human Factor report for 2015, Proofpoint threat researchers analyze the templates and techniques cybercriminals used to help ensure that every organization continued to click. 

April 15, 2015

Fraud Feeds Phishing in Tax-themed Email Campaign

Proofpoint Staff

As the April 15 filing deadline draws near, Proofpoint researchers have seen attackers shift their lures from IRS-themed communications to tax-filing tool lures with a fraud-prevention theme.


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