Spurt in Emotet Trojan malware in India

KV Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on August 14, 2018 Published on August 14, 2018

Beware of mails with subject lines ‘Invoice’, ‘Delivery Details’

The most common ploy a hacker uses to entice you is to write an attractive subject line in an e-mail. The chances of a business entity getting lured is via mails with subject lines such as ‘Invoice’, ‘Delivery Details’, ‘Shipment Details’ and ‘Payment Details’.

If your outfit is getting e-mails with such headers, think twice before clicking on the attachment.

Seqrite, the enterprise brand launched by Internet security solutions company QuickHeal, says there has been a sudden spurt in the number of Emotet family of trojan malware in the country in just one month.

“We have detected 5,000 spam emails everyday carrying Trojans targeting businesses and individuals in the last one month. From Trojan to Complex Threat Distributor, more than 1.5 lakh incidents related to the Emotet Trojan have been reported in the last one month,” Sanjay Katkar, Joint Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer, Quick Heal Technologies, said.

He said the infamous Trojan has evolved into a complex malware that can deliver multiple attack payloads such as Banking Trojans.

“Threat actors today are modifying older malware to deliver new-age attack payloads. The recent evolution and outbreak of the Emotet Trojan is the perfect example of how rapidly the global threat landscape has been evolving,” he said.

Once an attachment in the spam mail is downloaded and executed, the malware renames its instance and creates a second self-executable copy of itself using random combinations from a pre-defined list of words.

“Don’t open any link in the mail body which has been sent by an unknown source, nor download any attachment received from an untrusted source,” he said.

One should also have an up-to-date security solution to secure against such sophisticated attacks.

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Published on August 14, 2018
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