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5 Ways to Stay Safe From Emotet

5 Ways to Stay Safe From Emotet

How’s your cybersecurity?

Cyber attacks are continually on the rise, and one of the top threats is back on the scene in a big way.

Emotet attacks have surged recently, and it’s bad news for network admins, business owners, practice managers, and all other professionals who depend on computer networks.

It’s such a threat that the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency released an alert regarding Emotet. From the alert, they state:

Since July 2020, CISA has seen increased activity involving Emotet-associated indicators. During that time, CISA’s EINSTEIN Intrusion Detection System, which protects federal, civilian executive branch networks, has detected roughly 16,000 alerts related to Emotet activity.

CISA observed Emotet being executed in phases during possible targeted campaigns. Emotet used compromised Word documents (.doc) attached to phishing emails as initial insertion vectors.

 

What is Emotet?

Well, what is this big threat?

Emotet is a malware that typically gets a foothold in an IT system via malicious email. Because of sophisticated social engineering – deceptive tactics designed to make emails and communication seem legitimate – this malware can actually bypass traditional signature-based security measures and breach your network through what’s oftentimes the weak link in your organization: your people.

Yes, clicking on a malicious link or opening a malware-infused attachment can lead to bad news for your network and data.

“What makes Emotet even more dangerous than your run-of-the-mill malware is it’s hard to identify because it’s a polymorphic virus, one that has ever-changing code,” said Aaron Allen. “This can make it a nightmare to clean up because there’s no set-in-stone file or code to look for.

Emotet also has worm capabilities, which can allow it to