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This botnet has surged back into action spreading a new ransomware campaign via phishing emails

Phishing Emails

A notorious botnet campaign has surged in activity over the past month, with cyber criminals using it to distribute a ransomware campaign alongside other malware.

Researchers at cybersecurity provider Check Point analysed the most common cyber threats targeting organisations for it’s June 2020 Most Wanted Malware report and saw a huge rise in attacks coming via the Phorpiex botnet.

Phorpiex is known for distributing a number of malware and spam campaigns, including largescale sextortion email campaigns, but over the course of June the number of detections increased significantly compared to May.

This particular ransomware family only appeared in June and Phorpeix attempts to lure victims into opening a Zip file attachment in a phishing email that uses a wink emoji as the subject. It might sound like a basic form of cyberattack, but criminals wouldn’t be using it if it didn’t work.

“Organisations should educate employees about how to identify the types of malspam that carry these threats, such as the latest campaign targeting users with emails containing a wink emoji, and ensuring they deploy security that actively prevents them from infecting their networks,” warned Check Point researchers in a blog post.

New-school security awareness training can teach your employees to be suspicious whenever they receive emails from an unknown source, even if they initially think they’re legitimate.

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