A surge in ransomware and trojans in the first three months of the year led to a massive 235% year-on-year increase in detected cyber-threats to businesses in Q1 2019.
Increasingly, email, Office documents and now PDFs are the vehicle of choice for malware and fraud in the cyber landscape.
In 40% of the phishing emails examined, the subject line was related to PayPal and read, “Your account will be locked.” Another 10% of phishing emails targeted FedEx and read “Info,” while the third-most popular headline, “August Azure Newsletter,” appeared in 8% of the phishing emails and targeted Microsoft.
A team of researchers is helping law enforcement crack down on email scammers, thanks to a new visual analytics tool that dramatically speeds up forensic email investigations and highlights critical links within email data. Email scams are among the most prevalent, insidious forms of cybercrime.
In the last ten years, the number of security vulnerabilities discovered in mutt has been infinitesimal compared to web browsers like Firefox and Chrome and email clients like Outlook and Thunderbird.
Email continues to be the biggest threat vector for attackers looking to compromise organizations, with phishing attempts and malicious attachments comprising over a third of attacks.
The number of malwareless impersonation attacks are on the rise, successfully evading traditional defenses. Impersonation attacks are an easy and effective way to dupe unsuspecting victims by gaining trust through a combination of social engineering and technical means.
More than 30 mail clients including Apple Mail, Thunderbird, various Windows clients, Yahoo! Mail, ProtonMail and more bungled their implementation of an ancient RFC, letting an attacker trick the software into displaying a spoofed from field, even though what the server sees is the real sender.
Study finds link between organizational after-hours email expectations and emotional exhaustion, which hinders work-family balance.
Why is e-mail so bad? It’s like an overstuffed toy box full of miscellaneous stuff—missives from your boss, requests from clients, FYIs, news feeds, social-media alerts, junk. We spend more time sifting through it all than getting anything done. It’s led to an instant-response culture, with pressure to constantly check messages.
IMAP Spam Begone (isbg) is a script that makes it easy to scan an IMAP inbox for spam using SpamAssassin and get your spam moved to another folder.
IMAPCrypt uses Gnu Privacy Guard (GPG) to PGP-encrypt emails in an IMAP folder. You can specify the the folder to process for encryption; the PGP KeyIDs to encrypt to; and any additional filters by date, sender, or subject.
Startup Crystal claims it can help you write better e-mails by mining recipients’ online data for clues to their personality.
E-mail patterns are so reliable that a machine learning algorithm can predict in advance how long a reply is likely to be and when an e-mail conversation is likely to end. It turns out that younger people send faster, shorter replies and men send slightly faster and shorter replies than women. Users also reply faster to e-mails received during weekdays and working hours, and replies tend to become shorter later in the day and on weekends.
Several researchers have pointed out that alongside its positive side effects, e-mail communication has also led to a number of uncertainties as a person–communication technology interference. With some notable exceptions, e-mail stress as one aspect of occupational stress today has relatively few empirical findings. However, empirical studies have been focused on information overload, and indicate that employees are overwhelmed by the volume of e-mails.