Do You Really Know Malspam? Read the Gigamon ATR Report for an In-Depth Analysis

According to Jason Sattler in “Why Spam Is on the Rise — Again,” if you encounter malware it has likely made its entry through email. Understanding such malspam is the focus of a detailed new report from the Gigamon Applied Threat Research team (ATR). In the report, you’ll get an overview of likely culprits in the malspam world, as well as some startling numbers when it comes to threat detection.

Malware and Crimeware: Know Your Enemy

So what are some of the most concerning threats? At the top of the ATR team’s list are LokiBots. Described as a “banking Trojan,” LokiBots are a dangerous commodity sold on underground hacking forums that steal locally stored passwords and login credentials.

In addition to LokiBots, the report cites the following as critical threats to your security:

  • Emotet: Another banking Trojan that can rapidly spread to other systems by exploiting unpatched software
  • Pony: A credential stealer that can collect passwords for more than 110 different applications, including email, instant messaging and browsers
  • Trickbot: This banking Trojan has an encrypted, hierarchical, multitiered infrastructure

Are Anti-Virus Detection Rates Good Enough?

Yet for all we know about these types of malware, the ATR team report reveals that anti-virus product detection rates on average are low at just 32.6 percent!

So how does one protect a corporate environment? To improve your security rates, the ATR team recommends:

  • Training employees not to open email from unknown sources
  • Analyze email headers
  • Run reputable anti-virus software
  • Deploy network security monitoring
  • Deploy anti-spam mitigation systems

Want to find out more and get started securing your network today? Read the full report here.

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