During the first four months of 2019 threat actors conducted thousands of malicious email campaigns, hundreds of which targeted Canadian organizations.

Proofpoint researchers detected nearly 100 campaigns that specifically geo-targeted Canada or were customized for Canadian audiences in the first four months of 2019 mostly using the Emotet banking trojan, according to Proofpoint’s Beyond “North America”  report.

Emotet activity in 2019 included several high-volume campaigns that collectively distributed tens of millions of messages primarily targeting the manufacturing and healthcare industries,” researchers noted in the report. “Beginning in mid-January 2019, TA542 distributed millions of Emotet-laden emails in both English and German.”

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