Crooks always attempt to monetize the media interest on specific topics, and the recent Greta Thunberg-themed Emotet campaign confirms it.
Experts from the Proofpoint Threat Insight team have spotted a
The experts observed a global malicious spam campaign that leveraged a number of topical lures in a single message, it combines the following four elements:
The spam messages come with an attached Microsoft Word document named “Support Greta Thunberg.doc”. When the recipient opens the message, the Emotet Trojan is installed.
“These attacks are not only global in their
Proofpoint researchers have observed spam messages sent at email addresses in the .com and
The messages also used
“Attackers choose their lures carefully: in many ways their lures are a reliable barometer of public interest and awareness,” Proofpoint concludes.
The malicious messages camouflaged to look like messages delivered by German federal authorities. According to the BSI, attackers have already infected with the Emotet banking Trojan several of federal
The Emotet banking trojan has been active at least since 2014, the botnet is operated by a threat actor tracked as TA542.
In 2019, security experts haven’t detected any activity associated with Emotet since early April, when researchers at Trend Micro have uncovered a malware campaign distributing a new Emotet Trojan variant that compromises devices and uses them as Proxy C2 servers.
Emotet re-appeared on the threat landscape in August 2019, with an active spam distribution campaign. At the time, Malwarebytes observed the Trojan started pumping out spam, spam messages initially targeted users in Germany, Poland and Italy, and also the US. The campaign continues targeting users in Austria, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The researchers observed hundreds of thousands of messages were sent as part of this distribution effort.
In November, the Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) warned businesses and netizens of Emotet and BlueKeep attacks in the wild.