Emotet, the infamous banking trojan, is hyperactive presently and its operators continue to come up with new ruses and updates.

The notorious trojan is one of the major sources of malspam at the moment and has been detected delivering several malware payloads. Lately, the trojan has been found using false Windows update traps to dupe recipients.

Emotet is a malware infection that spreads through junk emails comprising malevolent Word or Excel documents. These documents exploit macros to download and install the Emotet Trojan on a victim’s computer, which uses the computer to send junk email and eventually leads to a ransomware attack on a victim’s network.

After a short break, the Emotet malware returned to operation on October 14th and started blasting out malicious junk globally.

These junk movements pretend to be invoices, shipping information, COVID-19 information, information about President Trump’s health, resumes, or purchase orders. When opened, these attachments will force a user to ‘Enable Content’ so that malevolent macros will run to install the Emotet malware on a victim’s computer.

To hoax users into allowing the macros, Emotet uses many document templates, including feigning to be shaped on iOS devices, Windows 10 Mobile, or that the document is secured.

Considered the most widely spread malware affecting users today, Emotet is mostly dangerous as it installs other malware such as Trickbot and QBot onto a victim’s computer.

While TrickBot and QBot carry out malicious activity on their own, such as stealing stored passwords, banking information, and assorted other information, they also usually lead to Conti (TrickBot) or ProLock (QBot) ransomware attacks.

On account of this, it is important to identify the malicious document templates used by Emotet so that you do not unintentionally become infected.

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