A simple email marketing trick used by marketers and advertisers to track web users and email recipients have also been abused by cybercriminals and online spies to gather information on possible targets or to improve the efficiency of phishing attacks, both mass and targeted in scope. “We’ve seen a lot more use of this tactic recently as a probing or information-gathering tool,” by phishers and other cyber criminals, said Donald Meyer of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

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