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Barracuda research finds one in five HTML email attachments found to be malicious

commonly used for system generated reports , updates and notifications . They often include hyperlinks which users have become accustomed to clicking without first checking to see the full URL ,” said Toni El Inati , RVP Sales , META and CEE , Barracuda Networks .
“ It ’ s no surprise then that attackers have been quick to exploit this trust . Moreover , these attachments mean that attackers no longer need to place malicious links in the body of the email and therefore allow them to bypass traditional anti-spam and anti-virus policies with ease .”

New research conducted by Barracuda

Networks , a leading provider of cloudfirst security solutions , has found that HTML attachments are by far the most used by cybercriminals for malicious purposes .
The company ’ s analysis of millions of email attachments over the past month revealed that one in five HTML attachments were malicious . By comparison , a meagre 0.03 % and 0.009 % of MS Office and PDF files respectively that were sent via the scanned emails were found to be malicious .
“ HTML attachments have become ubiquitous in email communications as they ’ re
In analysing the modus-operandi of the cybercriminals perpetrating these attacks , Barracuda ’ s experts found credential phishing and malware to be primarily motives . The research revealed that attackers commonly embed links to phishing or malicious websites within their HTML attachments .

Telkomsel partners with IPification to improve data security

The largest mobile network operator in

Indonesia , Telkomsel , is partnering with IPification , the global leading provider of mobile network-based authentication , user verification and fraud prevention solutions .
With this integration Telkomsel is improving the security of digital data , as well as providing mobile app developers in the region with the chance to implement a topnotch and seamless user verification option .
As a leading provider of telecommunications in Indonesia , Telkomsel is on a mission of implementing customer-centric innovations to develop a sustainable and inclusive digital ecosystem .
Stefan Kostic , IPification CEO , said : “ I am very proud to announce that a company as big as Telkomsel is joining the IPification camp of user-centric mobile identity experiences . With this partnership , Telkomsel is enabling over 150 million of its subscribers to gain access to frictionless , yet bank-grade secure mobile authentication and user verification solutions .”
Now that Telkomsel has partnered with IPification , mobile app developers in the country can start implementing IPification one-click user and phone verification into their apps to streamline onboarding and login processes thus helping improve their user acquisition , retention and engagement rates .
IPification , part of Benefit Vantage Limited , is the provider of mobile identity solutions that are secure , seamless and protect user privacy .
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