An Emotet banking trojan phishing campaign was spotted using the name of activist Greta Thunberg as a lure to target individuals concerned with climate change.
The attackers behind the campaign recently sent out fake invitations to a nonexistent "climate crisis" demonstration supposedly led by the young Swedish activist, who was named Time's 2019 Person of the Year.
The emails came with a Word document attachment titled "Support Greta Thunberg.doc." If a user were to open this document and enable its malicious macros, then a PowerShell command would download and execute Emotet, according to recent reports [1, 2] from Proofpoint and BleepingComputer, citing a tweet from ExecuteMalware. Once active, Emotet would run in the background while using victimized machines to distribute spam and download additional malware.
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