You’ve got malware: Malicious actors are waiting in your inbox

Dangerous URL messages, the resurgence of Emotet, and banking trojans flood the cyberthreat landscape, Proofpoint found.

How the malware landscape is evolving
We still have a massive number of hacks and malware coming in through phishing and older “tricks,” says Franc Artes, Architect of Security Business at Cisco.

Proofpoint released a report on Thursday outlining the latest cyberthreats targeting organizations. Between the resurfacing of the Emotet botnet, heightened web-based threats, and increased URL-based email threats, companies and users are being attacked in a multitude of ways, the report found. 

Every day, Proofpoint analyzes 5 billion email messages, hundreds of millions of social media posts, and more than 250 million malware samples—all of which contributed to the Q3 2019 Threat Report. The most prominent threat was malicious URL messages, which accounted for 88% of the global combined malicious URL and attachment message volume, the report found. 

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While the number of malicious URL messages was significant in Q3, the global combined malicious URL and attachment message volume was down by 40% compared to Q2, the report found. 

This decrease is attributed to Emotet’s disappearance in Q2; the chatbot didn’t resurface again until 10 weeks into Q3. However, Emotet came back with a vengeance. Despite not returning until mid-September, Emotet still made up 11% of all malicious mail in Q3. 

The Emotet effect 

Emotet is “one of today’s largest and most dangerous malware botnets,” appearing as URLs in fake emails. Once users click the link, a malicious file is downloaded, infecting the computer, and adding the device to the Emotet botnet. Emotet malware enables the download of other threats on infected computers, reported Catalin Cimpanu on ZDNet.

“It is not clear…