Malware and spam are very common problems on the web, and most of us do their best to avoid infected sites, but it may be difficult to do this, especially with the large increase in Emotet attacks that have exploited spam to target companies and major government institutions during the months Past.
Emotet attacks targeted government institutions in France, Japan, and New Zealand by using spam emails containing URLs and malicious Word or Excel attachments to control victims’ devices, and also exploited stolen email attachments to increase the credibility of spam emails used to infect systems Objectives.
What is Emotet and how does it work?
Emotet attacks are now considered one of the most effective email malware campaigns, as they rely on an ancient technology called (Email Thread Hijacking) or (Reply Rhain Attack), which exploits an old chain of messages in a specific email and responds to it. With the addition of malicious files as attachments to increase the credibility of the messages and encourage the victim to respond to the conversation, or click on the fraudulent emails.
Emotet was initially developed as a malicious computer program in the form of a banking trojan horse, and was intended to gain access to victims’ devices and spy on sensitive private data, and it is known to trick antivirus programs into hiding from them. And once it is infected with a device in a company or any organization, it sneaks to other computers connected to the network.
Emotet is spread mainly through spam emails, as the email in question contains a malicious link, or an infected document. And if you download the document or open the link, more malware will be automatically downloaded to your computer.
How can you verify that your email has not been exploited in these attacks?
The way Emotet spreads is effective and scary, and it’s one of the biggest malware problems we’ve seen in recent years.
If you want to verify that your email or (domain address) has been linked to any Emotet-based spam campaigns, there is a simple tool called (haveIbeenEMOTET) that helps you with that, here’s how to use it:
– Open any web browser you prefer to use; Then go to the service through this link: haveIbeenEMOTET.
– A message will appear for you saying: “Search for your email address in the (Emotet malspam) database”, enter the e-mail address or the domain address that you want to check, then click on the (Check) option.
– In just a few seconds; You will receive one of the results: Either you get a confirmation that your email address was not used in the Emotet spam campaign, or it has been used.
– If your email address is used, you will get one of the following results: Sender Fake, Sender Real or Recipient. If you get a result from these results, you will need to take some steps to secure your email.
What do you do to secure your email?
(HaveIbeenEMOTET) does not keep any information about your email address or the domain address that you verify, as all it does is verify the presence of your data in its database.
If your email address is in the haveIbeenEMOTET database, the first thing you need to do is scan your computer for malware. And be aware that the malware you are looking for may have deceived the anti-virus program that you are using, so you must start your computer in safe mode, and then run the anti-virus program to search for these programs.
To learn how to run Safe Mode on your computer, you can review the article: “How to Run Safe Mode in Windows 10 to Troubleshoot Troubleshooting”.
The next step is to change the password for the email account in question, make sure you use strong unique passwords for all of your online accounts, and enable the two-factor authentication (2FA) feature.
Finally, check your email account settings to ensure privacy and security settings are enabled; To protect your data.