CISA Issues Alert Following Increase in Emotet Malware Attacks

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

Following a period of dormancy between February 2020 and July 2020, the Emotet botnet sprang back to life and recommenced spam runs distributing the Emotet Trojan. Since August 2020, attacks on state and local governments have increased sharply, prompting the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to issue a cybersecurity alert for all industry sectors.

The Emotet botnet resumed activity in July with a massive phishing campaign using messages with malicious Word attachments and hyperlinks. Since then, multiple spam runs have been conducted which typically consist of more than 500,000 emails. The Emotet Trojan is a dangerous banking Trojan which is used as a downloader of other types of malware, notably the TrickBot and Qbot Trojans. The secondary payloads in turn deliver other malware payloads, including Ryuk and Conti ransomware.

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