AppRiver Releases Q2 Global Security Report

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Company stops 165 million malicious emails in Q2.

Fred Touchette, senior security analyst, AppRiver

Hackers don’t announce themselves, but rather they attempt to work in darkness to minimize detection, Touchette explains.

AppRiver, LLC, a leading provider of email messaging and Web security solutions, today released results from its Q2 Global Security Report, a detailed summary and analysis of malware and spam trends traced between April and June 2015.

During the second quarter of 2015, AppRiver quarantined 4.7 billion spam messages (81 percent of all email traffic), down from 5.5 billion spam messages in Q1, 2015. AppRiver blocked 165 million email messages with attachments that contained viruses in Q2. More than half (51 percent) of all spam traffic in Q2 originated from North America. Total spam traffic originating from North America and Europe accounted for 80 percent of all Q2 spam traffic.

“Q2 proved again to be very active regarding spam generation within North America generating more than half of all global messages again for the third consecutive quarter,” said Fred Touchette, senior security analyst, AppRiver. “It is more important than ever for companies to educate their staff on the seriousness of the breach problem because hackers don’t announce themselves, but rather they attempt to work in darkness to minimize detection ultimately maximizing the size and scope of their breach.”

Other highlights from AppRiver’s Q2 report, included:

  • Office of Personnel Management Breach: This was the largest Q2 breach and it was massive. Large amounts of personal data was stolen, including family and relative names, financial history, current and past residences, names of neighbors, friends, coworkers, roommates and social security numbers.
  • Amazon-Themed Malware Targets Crypto Currencies: In June, AppRiver discovered an attack posing as legitimate Amazon purchase confirmations attempting to leverage the use of macros in Word documents in order to infect their victims. This malware would attempt to steal account credentials for a lengthy list of FTP and multiple file storage programs as well as various passwords from infected machines, such as those for MS Outlook and installed browsers such as Firefox, IE, Opera and Chrome.
  • Dridex Malware: The malware family known as Dridex had a busy Q2. This banking Trojan is an evolution from its fellow family member Cridex which mainly lived online, waiting for victims to surf past a website that it inhabits in order to achieve infections. However, rather than waiting, Dridex decided to email itself out to the world.
  • LastPass Master Passwords Pilfered: On June 15, LastPass notified customers that they had suffered a breach. The theft of data is concerning because securing passwords is LastPass’ security focus. Email addresses of users, password reminders and authentication hashes were stolen. LastPass did reassure customers that their password vaults were not taken, .ie, a vault contains all of the stored passwords that were saved by the user. It is recommended everyone change their master passwords and also look into using two- factor authentication.

To learn more about AppRiver’s report findings or to view its suite of security solutions, please visit http://www.appriver.com.

About AppRiver
AppRiver is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider offering award-winning email and Web security solutions to businesses of all sizes. Understanding the need to protect networks from today's increasingly complex IT threats, AppRiver offers businesses a comprehensive, yet affordable subscription-based solution that incorporates the latest spam and virus protection, email encryption and Web security on the market. In addition, the company provides a complete managed service for Microsoft Exchange, as well as a bundled Office 365 solution. Since its inception, AppRiver has sustained an impressive 93% customer retention rate while growing its customer base to more than 47,000 companies and 8.5 million mailboxes worldwide. The company maintains offices in Florida, Georgia, Texas, New York, Switzerland and Spain, and is led by an Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year award winner. For more information, please visit ww.appriver.com.

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