Be aware! Hackers Using Ebola to Spread Malware

The panic created by the virus Ebola all over the world has made hackers to take this topic and use it as a bait for those users who do not have knowledge of the tactics and damage of social engineering.

It had occurred several cases on how cybercriminals are carrying out these attacks. The first shows a message from the World Health Organization (WHO), that says it attachs a file with tips for prevention of Ebola. When you start downloading the "file", in reality, you start downloading a program on your computer, which can evade antivirus scanning and takes control of your microphone and webcam, also modifies and uploads your files and can even steal security keys and passwords.


There is also a case of a phishing email, which pretends to be media companies, such as CNN. The email affirms to reveal an "untold story" about Ebola, as well as a guide for infection prevention. Once users click on the links, they are redirected to another page that asks their mail server and requests to enter their personal data. The data is sent directly to hackers, and users are redirected to the official website of CNN.


Source: tech.firstpost.com

Source: tech.firstpost.com

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Cellopoint recommends users:

  • Do not to click on links or attachments from doutbful sources.
  • If you do not know the sender of the email, do not open any links or download any files.

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