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Mimecast Threat Intelligence Report: Black Hat Edition

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The Mimecast Threat Intelligence Report: Black Hat Edition presents research conducted April-June 2019, reinforcing a previously observed trend: malware-centric campaigns are becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex, often using different pieces and types of malware in different phases of the attack.

The research shows that this trend is being driven by threat actors becoming more organized and business-like and by implementing subscription and as-a-service based business models to deliver malware to reduce their work and to improve their return-on-investment.

Key observations during the reporting period include:

  • A large number of malware campaigns were observed, including ones incorporating Emotet, Adwind, Necurs, and Gandcrab malware
  • Bulk email (“spam”) is heavily used by threat actors as a conduit to distribute malware
  • Opportunistic attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, layering multiple types of malware and delivery mechanisms in order to avoid detection by increasingly effective scanners.

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