Coronavirus Emotet – Expert Analysis

Cyber criminals are spreading the highly dangerous off-the-shelf Emotet, a phishing Trojan-turned-botnet, by exploiting widespread fears of infection by the novel coronavirus, according to ComputerWeekly. Disguised as an email from a provider of disability welfare services, the Emotet coronavirus campaign has targeted users in several Japanese prefectures. This is not the first time that hackers and scammers have taken advantage of the virus, and the first reports of criminals using coronavirus-themed emails to phish potential victims occurred just days after the illness began spreading.


EXPERTS COMMENTS
Alyn Hockey, VP of Product Management ,  Clearswift
February 14, 2020
Coronavirus-based attacks are best defended against via education, testing and technology.
It’s really difficult for organisations to stay protected, because there is so much variety in social engineering threats and the Coronavirus is just the latest example. People are concerned the Coronavirus and are perhaps more vulnerable to emails purporting to be about that. Protecting the enterprise against such attacks is done via a combination of education, testing and technology. Staff ....
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Jake Moore, Cybersecurity Specialist,  ESET
February 13, 2020
The coronavirus is a particularly newsworthy subject that is known around the world.
Disguising threats in current news topics is nothing new, but it still works extremely well on some people so cyber criminals tend to exploit them whenever they can. The coronavirus is a particularly newsworthy subject that is known around the world, so these sorts of campaigns tend to reach many people in all regions effectively. However, advice to spot such nefarious emails still remains the s ....
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