Emotet is back

November 16, 2021 - 2 minutes read

It is being reported that our good friend Emotet is back in action. Both InfoSecurityGroup and ThreatPost are reporting that a new method of loading onto our devices. In January 2021, there was collaboration between the Netherlands, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Lithuania, Canada and Ukraine that took down Emotet.

What is Emotet

Emotet is a form of malware called a Trojan. It was originally focused on stealing personal and private data from your devices. It quickly became used to install other malware types on devices. Trojan malware is malware that installs on your computer. Once installed, it proceeds to carry out its malicious behavior at a later time, so as to not flag your computer’s antivirus or anti-malware solution.

How is it installed

Emotet is almost exclusively installed through spam and phishing email. Once your account and device have been infected, it has been known to go through the contacts stored in your email account and send them emails coming from you.

What you can do

One of the best things you can do at your small business is to regularly train your employees on phishing emails. Employees who feel empowered and educated on phishing is your best line of defense.

Ensuring all of your devices have an anti-malware solution installed is another crucial step. Emotet is one of the most popular malware types, because of this leading antivirus and anti-malware solutions will consistently update to help protect against it.

Additionally there are email solutions that can help prevent malicious links or attachments from ever getting into your inboxes. Checkout a previous Security Byte to learn more!

Fore more on malware threats to your small business, checkout Small Business, Big Threat!

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