A cybercrime group is currently targeting businesses in the UK with malware-laden emails containing the banking Trojan known as Trickbot.

In the past years, several malware families have been seen heavily targeting the UK in attempts to spread banking Trojans looking to gain access to business and personal accounts.

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Uptick in Phishing Attempts via XPS file extensions

We’ve seen it time after time, malicious actors routinely attempt to confuse recipients of messages with obscure or lesser-utilized file extensions.

Over the past month, some phishing attempts using xps files instead of the typical pdf or doc/docx formats have been captured by our filters.  The xps file format is Microsoft’s alternative to pdf files.  Windows machines with Vista or later operating systems natively support this extension with Windows xps file viewer.  Actors have started taking advantage of this lesser-utilized format for their phishing campaigns.

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Ransomware is an ongoing threat to businesses of all sizes in every industry. And ransomware “hackers” are moving to more professional operations that closely mimic technology businesses. In the first half of 2017 alone, a whopping 1.9 billion data records were either lost or stolen due to cyberattacks.

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