Ransomware Attacks Delivered Via Phishing Campaigns on the Rise


Jessica Davis

While the increase in ransomware attacks delivered through phishing campaigns is just slight, Proofpoint warns these attacks could be a sign of what’s to come in future campaigns.

Proofpoint researchers detected an increase in the number of email-based phishing campaigns used to deploy ransomware attacks as a first-stage payload over the last month. A stark contrast to the past year, where hackers primarily leveraged downloaders as the initial payload.

According to the latest report, the small increase in the amount of ransomware sent via phishing emails may be sign of what’s to come in the near future, as these attacks bear hallmarks to larger ransomware campaigns deployed in 2018.

“This recent emergence of ransomware as an initial payload is

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