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Why Email Is Such a Dangerous Platform (And How to Protect Yourself)

Malicious emails are one of the cyber realm’s most widespread epidemics. Over 215 billion business and consumer emails are received daily, and with such an overwhelming flow of emails arises a very attractive opportunity for threat actors to easily penetrate victims’ online activity and lure them in to giving up credentials, downloading malware and more. According to the Symantec Internet Threat Security Report, one out of 412 emails contains a malware attack.

Although it seems as though cyber awareness is somewhat increasing due to the attempt to keep up with rapid advances in attack techniques, preying on human error continues to be extremely rewarding for threat actors. In retrospect, many email attack victims are dumbfounded when they realize that the email they so willingly acted upon is quite obviously suspicious upon second look. On top of that are highly thought out, sometimes tailored malicious emails, which do not even alert relatively cyber-aware people.

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New Target - Comments Spamming Bots

 

 

One of ThreatSTOP's goals has been to help reduce spam on the Internet. Besides being a source of constant annoyance in email, spam, malspam, phishing and spear-phishing all pose large security risks. In recent years, spammers have also discovered a new prime target for spam: website commenting systems. 

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Academic Freedom Need Not Mean Botnet Infections

ThreatSTOP has a number of universities and places of higher education as clients and, it turns out, there's a good reason for this. That reason is 'Academic Freedom' and the possibly unintended consequences of that on computers and networks.

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AS10392 -- Hijacked?

An entire BGP AS appears to have been hijacked by cybercriminals who are now using it as a source of spam. ThreatSTOP has therefore added the IP netblocks in this AS* to our emergency feed which will block these addresses for 24 hours. It seems likely that during this time the AS and associated netblocks will be returned to proper control but if not we will either maintain them in the emergency feed or place them in one of our standard lists.

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