What is spymail

Spymail are emails containing hidden tracking codes that collect metadata about your email engagement and relay them back to the sender, infringing your privacy.

Competitors, marketers, intelligence analysts, and clients routinely send Spymail to gain an unfair information advantage. Even more malicious are hackers who make highly effective phishing and hacking strategies with specific, actionable data collected from Spymail.

Threats of Spymail

Proprietary information leaked

Every time a Spymail is opened or forwarded, the embedded code relays back proprietary information about the recipient’s systems, network, and email behavior

Fraudsters can pose as company leaders by analyzing their email behavior and systems information

In 2016, companies including Advanced Auto Parts and Snapchat fell victim to fraudsters posing as company leaders. These fraudsters pilfered employee W-2s and used them to file fraudulent tax returns. Read More

Opposition lawyers tracking how often you talk to your legal team can gain negotiation advantage

How often a settlement deal is discussed can reveal your interest in the deal, giving the opposing party negotiation and litigation advantages. A DuPage County judge ordered prosecutors in Geraci v. Macey case to pay $100,000 for including spyware in emails they sent to the defendants’ lawyers. Read More

Employee location compromised

Spymail senders can pin-point the city and approximate geolocation of the recipients by analyzing the system, browser and network information. This puts your employees and clients at risk of physical and cyberattacks

Your traveling employees are vulnerable to kidnapping and spear phishing

Executives on the road domestically or in foreign cities with volatile political climates have been targeted for spear phishing and actual abductions. Read More

Your confidential imminent deals can be tracked for market advantage

Hedge funds tracked the location of Johnson & Johnson’s corporate jet to accurately predict an imminent merger & acquisition deal. Read More

Attack surfaces exposed

Key systems information, including device type, OS version, browser version, and IP address, gets logged every time a Spymail is opened. This reveals system vulnerabilities, leaving your enterprise IT open to cyberattacks

Knowing version vulnerabilities, hackers can tailor cyberattacks for your IT systems

In 2015, a Spymail-led spear phishing cyberattack occurred in Ukraine when hackers left over 230,000 residents without power after taking down three power distribution centers. Read More

Your legal/banking consultants can be targeted to identify other enterprise targets

In 2015, Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Weil, Gotshal & Manges confirmed that their IT systems were breached by cybercriminals trying to obtain information about their clientele. Read More

GDPR norms violated

From May 28th, 2018, firms based in the EU or doing business with EU citizens will be penalized as per the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) for any tracking emails sent out by individuals on their network

You can be fined for the tracking code that some software add to your outbound emails

Several business software used for marketing, project management, and customer relationship management automatically add tracking codes to all your outbound emails, which might violate GDPR compliance norms. Read More

You are liable for your employees sending out tracker emails to individuals/companies

In the case of some of MailControl’s clients, it was discovered that several employees were sending out tracker emails to competitors and other individuals without the management’s knowledge. Read More

An invisible threat you can’t opt out of

When someone opens a Spymail, they usually see nothing more than a regular email. By the time a recipient reads the email, metadata has already been reported to the sender. The inability to opt out or even see Spymail makes it difficult for recipients to protect themselves from the threat of privacy and information loss.

MailControl’s Enterprise Privacy Shield™ (EPS) is the only anti-Spymail solution in the market today.