Cybersecurity: This 'costly and destructive' malware is the biggest threat to your network | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Cybersecurity: This 'costly and destructive' malware is the biggest threat to your network

A spam campaign which targeted over 100,000 users a day over Christmas and New Year has seen Emotet secure its spot as the most prolific malware threat.

Analysis by cybersecurity company Check Point suggests that Emotet was used to target seven percent of organisations around the world during December.

Emotet has been active since 2014 and is regularly updated by its authors in order to maintain its effectiveness. The malware started life as a banking trojan but has evolved to become much more than that, providing a complete backdoor onto compromised machines which can then be sold on to other cyber criminals to infect victims with additional malware – including ransomware.

While Emotet has worm-like capabilities which allows it to move onto other machines on the same network as the initial victim, it also spreads via the use of phishing emails. But no matter how it arrives, Emotet is excellent at maintaining persistence while also avoiding detection, meaning victims will often have no idea they've been compromised until it's far too late.

Comments

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA