Email, Social Media Still Security Nightmares

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Phishing and banking trojans continue to be major threats brought into the enterprise.

Users are going to click on sketchy links, download iffy files, and go to dangerous web sites. And there's not a whole lot you can do about it. Those are just some of the conclusions in a threat report released on June 14.

The "Q1 2018 Quarterly Threat Report" published by ProofPoint shows that the old favorites are returning, as banking trojans replaced ransomware as the most common type of email-borne malware seen on user desktops. The shift appears, according to the report, to be due to a combination of a disruption to the Necurs botnet and the rise of other, more profitable, malware payloads.

In addition, social media support fraud, dubbed "angler phishing" saw a massive increase in the first quarter of 2018, appearing 200% more frequently than in the previous quarter. Looking for good news? Find it in exploit kits, which are rapidly and consistently declining in popularity as malware authors find other attacks to be easier and more profitable.

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