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Increase in Emotet Malware Attacks via Email

Trojan HorseThis is just a quick note to remind customers to be vigilant when reading email.

In recent days there has been an increase in malware attacks by a family of malware, and cybercrime operation, known as Emotet. [1] The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently posted an update regarding Increased Emotet Malware Activity. [2]

Some main points, to be aware of, include…

  • Emotet is usually installed when you open a spam email attachment.
  • Emotet can steal your personal information, including your banking user names and passwords.
  • Emotet is a Trojan that is primarily spread through spam emails (malspam). The infection may arrive either via malicious script, macro-enabled document files, or malicious link. Emotet emails may contain familiar branding designed to look like a legitimate email. Emotet may try to persuade users to click the malicious files by using tempting language about “Your Invoice,” “Payment Details,” or possibly an upcoming shipment from well-known parcel companies. [3]
  • Emotet is a polymorphic banking Trojan that can evade typical signature-based detection, by using obfuscation, that helps the malware evade detection by anti-malware products.

Suggestions for how to avoid this threat include…

If you suspect you’ve already been infected by Emotet…

Notes:

[1] “Emotet.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, January 3, 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotet
[2] “Increased Emotet Malware Activity.” Accessed January 24, 2020. https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/01/22/increased-emotet-malware-activity
[3] ‘Emotet Malware – An Introduction to the Banking Trojan.’ Malwarebytes. Accessed January 24, 2020. https://www.malwarebytes.com/emotet/
[4] “Windows Defender Antivirus” https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-defender
[5] “Microsoft Safety Scanner Download – Windows Security.” https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/products/scanner
[6] “How to Change Your Widomaker E-mail Password” https://weblog.widomaker.com/knowledge-base/how-to-change-your-e-mail-password/
[7] “How to Pick a Proper Password (Video)” https://weblog.widomaker.com/knowledge-base/how-to-pick-a-proper-password-video/
[8] “Local Computer Shops” https://weblog.widomaker.com/local-computer-shops/

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