Despite the number of attack vectors, available email is easily used by both the experienced and inexperienced hacker. This is a massive majority considering the sheer amount of attack vectors available to hackers. Despite its no long history of use within the technology sector email is still the most effective delivery method for attacks. Despite their importance companies around the world have struggled to make them a secure platform free from viruses or malware (for the purposes of this article the words “virus” and “malware” are used interchangeably and are used to describe malicious code).Once this is understood malicious emails can be easily detected and dealt with.The rest of the article is dedicated to doing exactly that.Emails claiming to be from e-commerce giant Amazon.This method was used to distribute the Locky ransomware and appear legitimate at first sight. This method often involves sending a mail with the subject header “Invoice XXXXX” and also have a few lines of text designed to get the user to download the attachment.
These attacks can siphon valuable data from a corporation’s servers, demand a ransom for access to data, steal banking information, or deny users access to data.Fortunately, despite it been such a critical area needing defense it can be fairly easily done.It involves understanding how hackers use emails to catch users off guard so they install malware.It is also important to see who the sender is first before opening the email.If it sent from an address you are not in regular contact with it is advised not to open the email.Emails referencing sporting or other global events.For example, these can be composed in such a way as to get the users attention and work in much the same way as the methods detailed above.Why would such tech savants waste their time on using emails to get their revenge against companies and governments?While this stereotype is favored by Hollywood, the truth is that anybody with access to an internet connection has the potential at their fingertips to steal and become that little-understood creature known as a hacker.Hackers want to steal data, often from some moral prerogative, rather they want to make a quick buck.Till this day email is the best-proven start point in order to make that quick buck.