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Liberia Ebola fear provides perfect spam bait for cybercriminals

News related to the Ebola scare in West Africa has given cybercriminals a great opportunity to launch phishing and malware attacks.

Published Mon, Aug 18 2014 4:40 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:15 PM CDT

The current Ebola epidemic in West Africa has become popular news in the western world and on social media, with three current malware and phishing campaigns currently underway, according to Symantec.

Liberia Ebola fear provides perfect spam bait for cybercriminals | TweakTown.com

The first campaign utilizes the Trojan.Zbot malware, infecting users when they mistakenly click on a fake report related to the ongoing Ebola problem in Liberia and other countries.

The second campaign utilizes an email that mimics something sent out from Etisalat, a telecommunications provider that serves the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. However, it's not a real email and instead has an attached zip file, titled "EBOLA - ETISALAT PRESENTATION.pdf.zip," which is the Trojan.Blueso software. It will also inject W32.Spyrat that logs keystrokes, records audio and video from the Webcam, captures screenshots, create processes, opens Web pages, and other tasks.

The third campaign utilizes the Backdoor.Breut malware and is spread piggybacked on the news of Zmapp, an Ebola drug that is currently in its experimental stage.

NEWS SOURCES:symantec.com, s.wsj.net

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