The attachment contains a malicious payload which when opened can be installed.
This method has been seen in ransomware campaigns, namely Crypto Wall, Golden Eye, and Cerber.
The following more examples of how hackers will compose an email to trick you: Emails which appear to be a resume.
These emails are composed with the intention of getting the user to open an attachment.
The rest of the article is dedicated to doing exactly that.
Researchers at Verizon discovered in their 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report that 66% of all malware attacks analyzed for that period were installed via email.
These attacks can siphon valuable data from a corporation’s servers, demand a ransom for access to data, steal banking information, or deny users access to data.
Hackers use such tactics as they are incredibly effective.
Such tactics are effective as they exploit our natural inclination of trust.