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Ransomware Sees Further Decline, Banking Trojan Use Steps Up

February 07, 2019 / Dan Raywood

Ransomware accounted for one tenth of 1% of all malicious email content in Q4, according to a new threat report from Proofpoint. It’s Q4 threat report found that banking trojans accounted for 56% of all malicious payloads in email in Q4, while remote access trojans (RATs) accounted for 8.4%. Proofpoint claimed that this marked a “significant change” for RATs, as in previous years they were rarely used by attackers. The report stated that email remains the top vector for malware distribution and phishing, while email fraud, also known as business email compromise (BEC), continues to grow rapidly.  Ransomware message volumes dropped significantly from Q2 to Q4 “suggesting that ransomware campaigns did not generate sufficient returns for threat actors to continue distributing them at scale.” Speaking to the Risky Business podcast in November, Sherrod DeGrippo, Proofpoint’s director of threat research and detection, said that ransomware “has b...