US-CERT alert sounds the alarm on Emotet, one of the most costly and destructive malware strains currently active.
- Key DetailsWhat’s happening? On July 20th, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued an alert highlighting the destructive qualities of Emotet, an extremely active banking trojan that has hit state and local governments particularly hard.
- What is Emotet? A banking trojan that has evolved to become primarily a dropper for other banking trojans such as Trickbot, Zeus Panda Banker, IcedID, Qakbot, and others.
- How is Emotet delivered? Phishing emails with malicious attachments or links. Warning: Because Emotet hijacks victim email accounts to send out these phishing emails, they may appear to come from someone the recipient knows and trusts.
- What makes Emotet so dangerous? Emotet’s potent combination of persistence mechanisms and worm-like features results in rapidly spreading, network-wide infections that are difficult to contain and remove. Attacks have cost victims up to $1 million to remediate.
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