After a five-month timeout, the Trojan Emotet has returned with a remarkable wave of attacks. Since the beginning of February, the malware situation had initially calmed down before numerous cyber attacks occurred last Friday, especially in the USA and Great Britain.
Office documents and links remain as a trap
The attacks are carried out with malicious spam mails that contain Word or Excel documents or links to download the documents as attachments. After opening the files infected with malicious macros, Emotet is downloaded and installed. In order for the victims to open the macros in the malicious file attachment, an error message is displayed on the PC stating that the document could not be opened properly because it was created under iOS. After clicking on the error message, the Trojan horse has a clear path. After infecting a computer, cyber criminals can download further malware, such as Trickbot Trojans. These can then steal passwords, cookies or SSH keys. Emotet also spreads in the affected network.
Effective Emotet protection measures
In addition to raising awareness among employees, the use of a powerful spam filter is essential to detect dangers early and block infected Emails.
The right attitude makes the difference
Even if a tool offers the described protection mechanisms, it is crucial that these are configured in combination according to “best practice” and that the configuration is also regularly checked and adjusted. The NoSpamProxy team supports you with
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