Emotet on the rise

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Emotet has been active again since last week and security experts fear a revival. We can expect a significant increase in spam and phishing emails in the coming period. Researchers fear that there will be hundreds of thousands of new victims worldwide.

Emotet is the successor to GandCrab and first appeared in 2014. The malware initially masqueraded as a Trojan horse, which hackers used to steal bank account numbers and login details. Today, cybercriminals distribute ransomware, spyware, and other malware through Emotet. They also try to create a back door on company networks. They then carry out a cyberattack at an unexpected moment or sell access to the network to the highest bidder.

In July 2020, the malware hit the Canadian Department of Justice,  several European countries and the Democratic National Convention (DNC). By mid-September, Emotet spam campaigns had reached our country, the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) warned. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) called Emotet “the most dangerous threat of the moment” at the time.

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