Cybercriminals are using trusted email platforms from Microsoft and Google to host and distribute malicious content, including ransomware, a new report from cybersecurity experts Proofpoint found.
The results from Q1 2021 “far exceeded” those from Q1 2020, Proofpoint further claimed, saying it spotted seven million malicious messages going through Microsoft and 45 million going through Google. The volume of bad content coming from trusted cloud services “exceeded that of any botnet in 2020”, while the trusted nature of these services made detection even more difficult.
In a blog post, Proofpoint’s EVP Cybersecurity Strategy, Ryan Kalember, said that last year, 59,809,708 malicious messages were distributed through Microsoft Office 365. Google’s services were used to host, or distribute, more than 90 million malicious messages, with more than a quarter of those (27 percent) going through one of the world’s most popular email platforms, Gmail.
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