Malware Warning: Watch for Emotet

Malware Alert: Look out for Emotet

A Malware program named Emotet is on the rise, and it is particularly nasty. It sends bogus emails about banking transactions and steals your financial information, even over secure HTTPS connections. While this Trojan has been most effective in Germany, it’s found its way to the U.S. and across the rest of the world. We at Rethink live by a Stay Informed, Stay Secure mentality. National experts advise that everyone learn about this potential threat so you can be proactive about protecting your private information.

How Emotet Works

Emotet is old school in that it sends you a spam email message that looks like it comes from your bank. The message then contains information about a specific financial transaction and prompts you to click on a link. Your downfall isn’t typing in his login information on a fake banking website; it is the action of clicking on the link. This is where this Malware is particularly bad. When you click on the link, the malware then downloads a code in your browser that monitors your activity. When you legitimately log into your online banking account, the malware learns your credentials along with other personal information.

Unlike many other spam emails, the one from Emotet may not contain grammar or spelling mistakes. Since the malware hides until you visit a banking website, a trick called “network sniffing,” you may not notice any difference in the way your computer runs.

How to Protect Yourself against Emotet

  1. Download and install antivirus and anti-malware programs from reputable companies. Rethink Recommends Bitdefender Internet Security, and some additional tools on our site HERE, such as RKill, and Malwarebytes. Scan your computer regularly and keep the software up to date.
  2. Don’t click on any pop-ups or links that you did not search for or solicit.
  3. Don’t click on links in emails that supposedly come from your financial institution. If you see something of concern, login to the bank’s website in a new tab or browser, or call its customer service number.

Viruses and malware are getting smarter and more stealthy. By being smart about how you check your emails, surf the Web and maintain the security features on your devices, you can avoid data theft and computer repair. Contact Rethink Associates if they have questions about the best antivirus and antimalware programs to use, safe computer practices, or about what to do if they think they have a virus.