'Greta Thunberg' Email Virus
Many cyber crooks use spam email campaigns to propagate their threatening creations to unsuspecting users. Malware researchers have spotted a new phishing email campaign circulating the Web recently – the 'Greta Thunberg' email virus. Greta Thunberg is a young climate activist from Sweden who won Times Person of the Year 2019, so it is not surprising that her name may be used by cybercriminals seeking to propagate malware.
The 'Greta Thunberg' email virus campaign consists of fake emails that appear to be sent by a legitimate source. The bogus email claims that the user is invited to one of the climate change demonstrations organized by the young activist Greta Thunberg. The fake email would contain an attached file, which the user is urged to review to find out the date and location of the demonstration in question. However, the attached file is fake and contains the payload of a threat. According to researchers, the 'Greta Thunberg' email virus has been propagating a variant of the Emotet Trojan. However, it is likely that the conmen behind the 'Greta Thunberg' email virus may use this infection vector to distribute other threats in the future.
It is not a good idea to open email attachments from dodgy sources, as many cyber crooks rely on fake emails to distribute malware.