Study reveals the top subjects, attachment types and keywords used in malicious emails (sent by cyber hackers)

In the 21st century, email remains to be a fundamental tool for communication and doing business. In fact, a report by Radicati shows that some 281.1 billion emails are sent every day – worldwide. That equals to nearly 38 emails for every person on the planet. But did you know that more than half of them are spam and often contains malware?

Despite taking measures to secure the email platform, many of us receive emails that contain malware and ransomware. They are not only annoying but also harmful. Simply opening malicious emails can cost companies millions in damage.

According to the recent Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec, 55% of emails received by employees in 2018 were categorized as spam. Every 1 in 412 emails is considered to include phishing or malware attacks as well.
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Hackers are a cunning lot and come up with new ways to create emails to deceive their targets. To the innocent victims, the emails appear legit and they fall. Unfortunately, not much can be done after the email or the attachments containing the malware is opened.

Luckily, we are here to help!

Check out the chart by Statista below. Based on the findings by Symantec, the graph includes a list of subjects, attachments, and keywords that are a common occurrence in malicious emails. If such emails appear in your inbox, consider them as red flags and open only if the sender is in your frequently contacted list. Scanning the emails with anti-virus software is also a good way to prevent ‘email attacks.’
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Here are the top subjects, attachment types and keywords used in malicious emails (sent by cyber hackers) in 2018

Key Takeaways:

· Emails with subject “Invoice” and “Mail” are a common tactic used by hackers

· Majority of malicious attachments (37%) are in .doc format

· Stating the email to contain “bills” is another method to send malware

· Emails with malware are often written in poor English

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