Viruses: Most dangerous trojan of all time is back!

Viruses and other malware have been around almost as long as computers have existed. With the spread of the Internet, malware has made it easier than ever to infect countless devices. One always smoldering security threat.

Known as the world’s most dangerous trojan Emotet is now back and contaminating PCs and other devices with online access again. The end of Emotet was therefore only limited in time – now everyone is at risk again, users as well as companies and authorities. But what is Emotet and what should be considered?

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What happened?

Actually, security authorities from Germany and other countries had that at the beginning of the year End of Emotet proclaimed. Together they managed to identify, take over and shut down the servers behind the malware. But now Emotet is back.

What is Emotet?

Emotet is one Trojanswho is extremely successful in opening the door to ransomware on infected devices. In addition to normal users, it is primarily companies and authorities that are affected. In Germany alone Emotet caused such a thing damage of almost 15 million euros.

The trojan is back

But now Emotet is back. This was first recognized by automatic systems of a security company last Sunday, and the find has now been confirmed manually by security guards.

How do you catch the virus?

The dangerous Trojan primarily gets through manipulated emails on devices. For example through attachments and links. Such clever emails often look real, like replies to existing conversations that Emotet has intercepted elsewhere.

Emotet also adopts fake requests for payments, current topics (such as the corona pandemic) and other methods.

How can I protect myself?

It is therefore important, especially with e-mails to be extremely careful, on the smartphone this also applies to SMS. Links should never be simply clicked or attachments simply opened carelessly. Users should always first use the trustworthy origin of e-mails and short messages or even messenger texts.

Those: Spiegel

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