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A destructive strain of malware has it’s reemerged, which claims to offer Edward Snowden’s just-released book, to lure in unsuspecting victims is.
A new malware campaign that poses as an e-mail to Snowden’s memoir as a Microsoft Word attachment, in accordance with Malwarebytes anti-malware is a software company.
The malware behind the campaign, called Emotet, is spread via spam e-mails.
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Snowden, as a contractor, who leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency in 2013, when he was working for the CIA, just released a personal memoir, “Permanent Record”, about his life and how he helped to “build up” of the “government in the system of mass surveillance,” as described in a blurb on the book is available on Amazon. It is a best-selling offering.
Has recently released a “Permanent Record” of Edward Snowden is displayed on a shelf at Books Inc. earlier this month in San Francisco, california.
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The presentation of the book free of charge as a Word document, it is tempting to bait and switch scheme, according to Malwarebytes. Typically, the malware hooks to involve such things as fake invoices, bogus delivery notices, Malwarebytes’ William Tsing, told Fox News.
However, the use of something like Snowden’s book is an interesting approach, because a lot of people are curious to watch it, especially when delivered straight to their inbox,” Tsing said.
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Emotet is a dangerous one. “Emotet” is the biggest spam campaign is that we have to follow due to the size and diversity of the botnet,” Tsing said, referring to a network of computers that send spam.
“The standards will be used as a point of departure for systems, he added, is more of a destructive malware specifically targeted at organisations that could be held for ransom,” Tsing added.
If a fake document is opened, a fake message that “Word has not yet been activated” will be displayed. You will then be prompted to your content. As soon as you do this, you don’t have to be done. However, the user will not see the malicious macro code that is executed when they click the button,” according to Malwarebytes.
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An English example of the anti-spam “honeypot” e-mail is more compelling than the garden variety, the broken-English spam.
“First of all, they’re spying on us, they persecute whistle-blowers, as they are under the spell of the book. Freedom? Time to organize a collective reading of the Snowden book. … The book is in the attachment,” – said in a fake e-mail address.
The malicious e-mail templates in different languages to target different geographic areas, Tsing said.
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Always be wary of e-mail, web links, Tsing says it all.
“Always watch out for e-mails with attachments or links, even if they appear to be from a friend or co-worker,” in accordance with Tsing. This is especially true if you are a business with a network. Tsing says that companies need to have in order to protect endpoints from being compromised and potentially infecting the rest of the network.
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Snowden’s book is generating a lot of interest. On Sept. 17, the day the book was published, the Department of Justice has filed a civil lawsuit against Snowden, alleging that he had violated the nondisclosure agreements signed with the government.