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Phishing Attack Use of Encryption Increases 400% for Malware Delivery, Communications, and Data Exfiltration


Encryption has become the norm for many cybercriminals looking to obfuscate all parts of an attack, according to Zscaler’s 2019 Cloud Security Insights Threat Report.

One of the goals of a cyberattack is stealth. The longer cybercriminal activity can remain undetected, the higher the chances of an attack succeeding. Using SSL encryption is one way of hiding the transmission of many parts of an attack. According to cloud security vendor Zscaler, who process more than 60 billion cloud transactions daily, SSL is in high demand:

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