The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus has claimed over 1000 lives. While people in the affected regions are struggling to fight the infection and people elsewhere skeptical about its spread, cyber criminals are busy inventing new attack vectors in the form of malicious emails.
Reportedly, attackers have started email campaigns using the Ebola epidemic as their bait to trap people. The below gives you a quick gist into the types of Ebola emails you should be careful against.
Emails Claiming to Offer a Report on the Ebola Virus
– The email asks its recipient to click a website link in order to learn more about what the report says.
– Clicking the link infects the user’s system with a Trojan horse designed to steal personal and sensitive information.
Emails with Attached Presentations on the Ebola Virus
– The email claims to have an attachment of a PowerPoint Presentation on the Ebola infection.
– Clicking the attachment infects the victim’s Internet browser with a malicious program.
– The program is designed to steal information from and make unwanted changes in the infected computer.
Emails with Attachments about Experimental Ebola Drug
– These Ebola emails are based on the news of ZMapp (an experimental medicine to treat Ebola) to trap their victims.
– They contain malicious attachments.
Ebola Emails from CNN
– These emails are designed for phishing attacks.
– They try to lure users into visiting a website controlled by the hacker.
– The website asks users to log in using their email login credentials.
Readers are strongly advised to be on high alert against such types of emails, and emails that are unexpected or unsolicited. Only trust genuine sources to stay updated with the latest news about the Ebola virus. Some trustworthy medical sites that our readers can refer to are www.mayoclinic.com, www.webmd.com, www.cdc.gov, and www.nhs.uk
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