Cybersecurity researchers from Proofpoint have just discovered that a piece of malware called Emotet is Emotet trojan via malicious email using Greta Thunberg’s name (Support Greta Thunberg.doc.). Although it looks like an email, it is essentially an online banking Trojan that steals financial information on a Windows PC. The attackers tried to invite victims to participate in climate change protests on Christmas Eve in the name of the Swedish environmentalist girl.
Earlier, Greta Thunberg was named 2019 Person of the Year for a series of activities aimed at raising global environmental awareness. For those unsuspecting netizens, they need to be vigilant about such email-based malware spreading activities. Proofpoint security researchers point out that this round of attacks targeted mainly student groups with .edu email addresses in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and even appeared in multiple languages.
“This campaign serves as a reminder that attackers won’t hesitate to target people’s best intentions during this holiday season,” says Proofpoint.