It has been reported the infamous Emotet malware has started a new spam campaign that pretends to be a scanned copy of Edward Snowden’s new book. Unsuspecting users who open the attachment and enable its content will find that they have become infected with Emotet, most likely Trickbot, and possibly other malware.

After approximately four months of inactivity, Emotet woke up again on September 16th and since then has been spewing forth a legion of spam. These emails typically pretend to be invoices, financial documents, and other business documents with malicious Word attachments that infect you with a variety of malware.

Full story here: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/emotet-tries-to-infect-you-by-claiming-its-snowdens-book/

Experts Comments

September 25, 2019
Jonathan Deveaux
Head of Enterprise Data Protection
comforte AG
In simple terms, this is an email phishing campaign made more attractive by keying on pop culture, social media influencers, or a hot trending topic. This month, it’s the release of Eric Snowden’s book, and something else that’s hitting the news headlines next month. The RISK that people need to be reminded of is the increased possibility of the installation of ransomware or malware. By clicking on the suspect link, a path is opened leading a hacker through your, or your company’s.....Read More
In simple terms, this is an email phishing campaign made more attractive by keying on pop culture, social media influencers, or a hot trending topic. This month, it’s the release of Eric Snowden’s book, and something else that’s hitting the news headlines next month. The RISK that people need to be reminded of is the increased possibility of the installation of ransomware or malware. By clicking on the suspect link, a path is opened leading a hacker through your, or your company’s data security defenses. A simple click can increase the likelihood of a data breach or data lockout, which can be severely damaging to you or your business. Don’t click if it’s too good to be true; You have too much to lose.  Read Less
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