Hackers Exploiting Ebola Fear to Spread Malware

We live in a world where people aren’t ashamed to exploit fear and tragedy for their own personal gain. This comes in many forms. In this instance, it’s hackers using the current ebola scare to worm their way into home computers.

The danger comes in the form of fradulent emails, the most indisidious of which claim to come from the World Health Organization, or WHO. These emails offer what they claim is vital information regarding ebola symptoms, cures, prevention methods, and even US government secrets. The aim of all of this is to get the recipient to download what is known as a Remote Access Trojan that will make the downloader’s files, webcam, passwords, and more vulnerable to hackers.

There are also reports of emails claiming to be from the Mexican government that contain malware disguised as files associated with Microsoft Word.

According to security company Trustwave, these recent attacks constitute a “low volume campaign” which means that things could be a lot worse. Still, it’s important to be aware of what’s going on so you can do your best to protect yourself and your privacy. Hopefully anyone reading MEGATech News on a regular basis knows the danger that emails with sensationalist headlines represent. Stay informed and on your guard! As tempting as it is to click that link, you don’t really need to know what Obama is hiding about ebola, do you?

via The Verge

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