Threat Insight

Cybersecurity research and commentary on malware, user actions, and other threats to information security
June 20, 2017

AdGholas Malvertising Campaign Using Astrum EK to Deliver Mole Ransomware


Proofpoint researchers track recent AdGholas activity with colleagues from the advertising and security industries after ransomware activity in the UK set off red flags.

June 12, 2017

Follow the Money - Phishing Schemes Go After Cryptocurrency

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers examine phishing templates used to steal cryptocurrencies and related credentials from users.

June 05, 2017

Exploiting the Human Factor - Proofpoint Releases Human Factor 2017 Report

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers look ahead at the changing threat landscape and the increasing tendency for threat actors to target people rather than chase the latest exploits.

June 01, 2017

Microsoft Word Intruder Integrates CVE-2017-0199, Utilized by Cobalt Group to Target Financial Institutions

Matthew Mesa, Axel F, Pierre T, Travis Green

Proofpoint researchers track the actor known as Cobalt using Microsoft Word Intruder (MWI) and a well-known vulnerability to target financial institutions.

May 31, 2017

What Election Spam Can Tell Us About Candidates and Election Outcomes

Proofpoint Staff

After multiple election cycles, Proofpoint researchers point to relationships between spam volumes and election outcomes.

May 25, 2017

“Where are the exploits of yesteryear?” Marking one year since a major EK featured a new unpatched vulnerability

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers track the effectiveness of exploit kits and the declining availability of unpatched vulnerabilities.

May 15, 2017

Adylkuzz Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Spreading for Weeks Via EternalBlue/DoublePulsar


Proofpoint researchers have discovered another massive ongoing attack using EternalBlue/DoublePulsar to spread the cryptocurrency miner Adylkuzz.

May 11, 2017

Jaff - New Ransomware From the Actors Behind the Distribution of Dridex, Locky, and Bart

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers analyze new ransomware from the actors who brought us Dridex, Locky, and Bart.

May 10, 2017

Introducing Loda Malware

Proofpoint Staff

Proofpoint researchers describe a previously undocumented keylogger and remote access Trojan called Loda.

April 27, 2017

APT Targets Financial Analysts with CVE-2017-0199

Axel F

Proofpoint researchers track a China-based APT actor and their attacks on financial services analysts covering the telecommunications industry.


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