Malicious URLs are now rampant problem according to a study which found they are contained in an average of one in every 61 emails.

Mimecast’s latest Email Security Risk Assessment study found the number of malicious URLs in emails had increased by more than 125 per cent in comparison to last quarter’s results. Almost half (45 per cent) of the study’s 1025 respondents said the volume of these URL-based attacks or those with dangerous attachments have increased over the last year.

The latest report also found almost 25 million spam emails, 26,713 malware attachments, 53,753 impersonation attacks, and 23,872 dangerous file types of the almost 232 million total emails inspected were all missed by incumbent security solution providers and delivered to inboxes. This put individuals and organisations at risk, Mimecast said.

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