Emotet, the world’s most dangerous malware has been removed, sparing millions of dollars in data-theft, software, and network maintenance fees across the globe. The governments of the UK, Canada, the US, Ukraine, France, Germany, Holland, and Lithuania all made efforts to achieve this.
Europe first observed Emotet in 2014, this malware expanded its reach over the years. It has been behind several costly cyberattacks across the globe. The FBI started its first investigation on Emotet when this malware compromised a North Carolina school district in 2017.
The Emotet malware has evolved substantially since it was first observed by industry. It became increasingly stealthy in its ability to gain access to your computer, which then opened the door to additional malware.Jessica Nye
This malware is characterized by Word Document attachments that ask you to “Enable Macros.” The robotic network (botnet) sent more than 150,000 phishing emails with thousands of different file names and subject lines, according to an article from the BBC.
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The FBI described this Emotet malware coding as “ever-mutating.” Once the victims click on ‘Enable Macros,’ a backdoor is created into computers. This access would be sold to cyber criminals that upload would upload their malware.
The international cybercrime police controlled the infrastructure of Emotet from the inside; this means they seized almost half of the devices spreading the malware.
Through the combined efforts of the incredible FBI team, foreign partners, and private sector partners, the command and control network of Emotet was significantly impacted. To recreate this botnet, the criminals would have to rebuild from scratch.Nye